When Planting Yields No Fruit


When Planting Yields No Fruit

“You have planted much, but have harvested little….” – Haggai 1:6

Have you ever worked and worked only to yield very little from your efforts? Such was the case for the workplace believers during the time of the prophet Haggai. Finally, God spoke through the prophet Haggai to inform the people why their efforts were not yielding any fruit. There was a specific reason this was happening.

“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of My house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands” (Haggai 1:9-11).

God had finally had enough. His priorities were not His people’s priorities. So, He withheld in order to get their attention. Zerubbabel was governor of Judah at the time. He was a godly man who sought to do God’s will. He listened as the prophet gave these words; then he responded.

Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord (Haggai 1:12).

Sometimes God has to stir up the spirit of one man to initiate needed change. Zerubbabel was that man. Scriptures say, “The Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel” (Hag. 1:14). God is stirring up the spirit of a remnant of workplace believers throughout the world today. They are seeing what breaks God’s heart, and they’re responding. Has God placed the spirit of Zerubbabel in you? Are you one who will make a difference for the Kingdom, or are you concerned about building bigger and better barns? The Lord is calling forth His people in these last days to make a difference. Ask Him what He wants to do through you.


  • Brandon

    I love your heart here and the bit of community in the comments. Never forget His presence, He is with you! When Martha was so busy He looked on Mary’s affection with favor as she was simply kneeling at the feet of Jesus and loving Him and being loved by Him. I think we too often forego “His love”…. our ability to receive His love until we are full changes the entirety of our lives and brings stillness and wonder (busy life, husband, plans, etc) in acknowledging that He is the Lord of the storm and He knows the plans that He has for you!

  • Kelly

    Os, your faithful planting of God’s Word into workplace believers lives has been a huge tool in my husbands life. I am seeing the fruit of your devotionals working in his life. I’ve been praying for years that he would have a hunger for Gods Word and your devotionals was one of the first things he started reading and now he is reading the Bible every night for guidance and direction in his workplace.

  • Kelly

    Lynne, I’ve been a stay at home mom too for nine years to three children. Sometimes we don’t feel we are “sowing seeds in the workplace” but our ministry can be to our kids, husband, and to all those we come in contact everyday. I’m always just praying for God to use me wherever I end up in a day and maybe that is to some hurting person in the line at the grocery store or to a parent I talk to everyday at preschool drop off who is feeling overwhelmed. We have the opportunity to point to our hope in Jesus as he works in and through what appears to be our meaningless tasks. Maybe that is even just unconditionally loving a workaholic husband ( I’ve been there too) After thirteen years of praying for a harvest of righteousness I am now just seeing fruit. Sometimes it takes patience and waiting for that harvest. Keep praying and seeking His Word and his will and you will see fruit one day!

  • Os Hillman

    Lynn, thanks for sharing. Sometimes these lean times test our faith to press into God for His provision. We will pray for God’s provision for you. Study the story of the widow’s oil lamps in Old Testament.

  • Lynn

    I’ve been praying about this exact thing… all my
    Efforts don’t yield much fruit… but as a mother of 2 young children and a 2 year old, homeschool parent, and wife to a husband who does not help with domestic things and works all the time, I don’t see where I have to time to do anything else!! I have started my own business 3 times just so I can have money to pay my debt. To no avail…

    • Shelly


      I understand how you are feeling and I hear your hurting heart. It is how I have felt for many years. I also am a stay at home mom, home schooling our 4 children, beginning a business, and taking care of the domestic duties. I have felt alone in my struggles and thought I was the only one. GOD has been showing me recently that we all struggle with these issues and we must work at changing ourselves, not those around us, to be more like Christ and our heavenly Father. I encourage you to read A Confident Heart and Love and Respect. These have given me the tools I have needed as a child of GOD, wige and mother. I pray you will find the abundant life you are seeking.

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