Practicing the Absence of God
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! John 4:35 NKJV
John 1:16, clearly teaches us that “. . . of his [Jesus] fullness, we have all received, and grace for grace.” It pleased Father God that in Jesus Christ the fullness of God should dwell (Col. 1:19). Thus, harvest, spiritually speaking, means that the fullness of everything you need and/or desire, it is present here and now, according to God’s Word, and His plan and purpose for your life. Why? (1) God is our inheritance (Rom 8:17). (2) God is perfect everything (Ps. 18:30). Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount taught the perfection of God (Matt. 5:48) and, (3) God is omnipresent (Ps. 139:7-8). So, harvest is the recognition that, to accept the lack of anything is to practice the absence of God (2 Cor. 6:2; Heb. 11:1).
We often unwittingly practice the absence of God when experiencing a perceived problem. Instead of looking through the problem, we gaze at it ignoring that God is there—here and now. The word “problem” doesn’t appear in any major translation of the Bible except the TLB. For example, Apostle Paul’s instructive concerning marriage, divorce, and remarriage are a good illustration of practicing the absence of God (see 1 Corinthians 7:9, 25-28). The TLB translation of verse 26 is: “Here is the problem: We Christians are facing great dangers to our lives at present.” Verse 29 translates the word, “trouble” to mean extra problems or pressures.
So, whether you’re single or married: to feel lonely, needy, desperate, hopeless, etc. is practicing the absence of God. Remember, God is present here and now as your perfect everything. If you will just feel gratitude and give thanks, it will manifest in your experience. Unlike, Jesus’ disciple, Thomas (see John 20:24-29), the ones who get harvest results are those who believe without seeing, hearing, and touching rather than relying on their senses. They believe it because God said it. If you’re living in the past or the future, you might be practicing the absence of God right here and now. Jesus said, open your eyes and see that your harvest is so, here and now!