He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful (Isaiah 30:23a NIV).
This is a promise which should put hope in the heart of all sowing God’s Word. Many times you might have been discouraged seeing no results in your ministry. Some get so discouraged that they stop sowing seeds altogether.
This is a mistake that you should not make. For some seeds lie hidden in the ground for a long time before it sprouts.
You also need to remember the many times that the Scriptures talk about the process of sowing seed. Just as the seed on the ground needs rain to make it sprout and grow, so also God’s work should happen in the hearts of men and women to make the seed of God’s Word sprout and grow in their hearts.
On the one side, there should be a human effort. You need to have a God-given burden for lost souls. You also need to pray and sow God’s Word continually.
Your work should be marked by perseverance. That means you have to keep on doing God’s work without getting discouraged: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 5:9 NIV).
Then on the other side, there is God’s blessing on your work. This is signified by the rain from heaven. The Spirit of God will work in the hearts of men and women where you have sown the seed. Then it will sprout and grow.
The promise here is that the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. This talks about multiplication. This is how God always works. That is why Jesus talked about the seed yielding a crop a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Sometimes God uses His servants to do the watering too. For Paul said: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV).
But the point is that without the planting of the seed there is no need of watering. Therefore continue to plant seeds in hope. God will give the rain it needs and the growth too.