The harvest represents not only your labors, but also your hope. It’s a symbol of the fruit of the Lord’s victory and mercy upon your life.
As Christians, we have great courage and strength because our hope is in the Lord;
Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.
It’s according to this hope that we derive the courage and strength to render thanks and praise to the Lord during all trials!
The apostles, imprisoned and in bondage, offered praise and prayers to the Lord- glorifying Him and taking joy in His mercy because they hoped in His name. Therefore the Lord proved faithful, as He is always faithful, and has always been since before the foundation of the world.
1st Peter 1:3-5 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserve in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has offered to us a many-sided hope for our thanksgiving; He has demonstrated His great mercy to us in Christ. He has caused us to be born again, not of the corruptible, but of the incorruptible Spirit of God into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is no small hope- a hope of eternal life, of freedom from sin, of power over darkness, a total release which many have denied, but is manifest in all God’s children! Even our a hope of an inheritance which is also, as we have been made to be, imperishable and undefiled, one that will not fade away, and is reserved for us and protected by the power of God! And all of this, through faith for a salvation in which all these things will be revealed to us in the last time!
What an amazing and powerful thanksgiving!
Psalm 71:14 “I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more”
We can hope continually, in all things, and praise the Lord still more and more!
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Be filled with hope and thanksgiving, my blessed brethren!