Open Your Eyes
Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” John 4:35-38 NKJV
In Mark 4:23-24, Jesus said: “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. Take heed what you hear and how you hear it.” How you hear it is how you see it. What do you hear about what God is saying concerning your problem or situation? Do you have hears to hear to see that your harvest is so now? In the above text, Jesus told His disciples to, “lift up your eyes and see the fields are already white for harvest.” Are you living in the past, present or distant future? When your spiritual eyes are closed, you can only think about where you’ve been and where you want to go, but Jesus said, open your eyes and see that your harvest is so now!
Harvest, spiritually speaking, means that the fullness of everything you need and/or desire is present here and now (2 Cor. 6:2; Heb. 11:1). The miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 men is an excellent illustration of seeing that the harvest is now (John 6:5-13). Two of Jesus’ disciples were both overwhelmed when they saw such a large challenge. Phillip saw lack and Andrew doubted. But Jesus was thinking and seeing from the vantage point of harvest. He didn’t say “yet four months.”
So, how did He feed the multitude? He looked through the appearance of lack and gave thanks for the answer. More often than not, we look at the appearance of lack of money, health, harmony, peace, etc. rather than asking God to open our eyes (Ps. 119:18). Jesus taught us in this miracle: don’t just look at lack, but look through it. When you open your eyes from the appearance of defeat, sickness, and problems, you see harvest. In the same way the Prophet Elisha saw an harvest (answer), when he and his servant was surrounded by a hostile Syrian army sent to do them harm. At first, his servant did not see harvest, so Elisha prayed to God to open the eyes of his servant, and his eyes were open (2 Kings 6:8-18). My prayer for you is that God would open you eyes!