|English: A midwestern farmer tills and fertilizes his land near Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
According the creation account given in Genesis, on the third day God created seed bearing plant life. It is interesting to note the importance given in this passage of seeds and fruits with seeds in them. Seeds are the foundation of existence and regeneration of life.
In early history society was agrarian. Life depended on planting seeds for the food that would be harvested when it was ready. This has been the case throughout history. In our time we are dependent on farming for our subsistence. Without a controlled agrarian system in place our food supply would be in chaos. Hunger would be rampant.
There is the cycle of planting and reaping that has continued from earliest times until our time. When the great flood waters subsided and the land was restored, God made a promise. Most often we think of the rainbow and God's covenant not to ever destroy the Earth with flood again. What is typically passed over is God's promise that the cycle of seasons for planting and harvest would never be disrupted (Genesis 8:22). Could this be an argument against the warnings of global warming or other destructive climatic changes?
There have been reports that farming is on the decline. In places like the United States farmers still produce an abundance of food. Some of the smaller farmers have stopped growing for political, sociological, or economic reasons. In some places farmlands are being developed for other use. Famine could be on the horizon if these trends of non-farming continue. Whatever countries control the food will control the earthly destiny of the people. When famine strikes, we can't blame God.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
2 Corinthians 9:6
New International Version (NIV)