It had been a particularly rainy spring. The farmers were well behind in getting hay in for the winter. There had been precious few sunny days in a row when hay could be cut, dried, and baled. At last, the weather forecast called for several consecutive day of sunshine. There was a flurry of activity in the hay fields on area farms. The old adage ‘make hay while the sun shines’ came into clear focus.
Experts believe the phrase came from medieval English farmers hundreds of years ago. A similar notion is expressed in The Bible, in Proverbs 10:5: “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” The Message paraphrase provides a modern flare: “Make hay while the sun shines—that’s smart; go fishing during harvest—that’s stupid.” In any case, the the meaning is clear – make the most of opportunities while you have the chance. Certainly, we should utilize opportunities in the physical realm, but it is doubly true that we must do so in the spiritual realm.
Procrastination and delay in seeking salvation can be disastrous. In the opening chapters of Genesis, the principle is clearly established in the account of Noah. Many Bible scholars believe the Ark took decades to complete, perhaps 120 years (Genesis 6:3). Across all of those years Noah and his work bore witness of impending doom. When ‘the fullness of time’ came, Noah, his family, and all the animals were directed by God to board the Ark. The Lord then closed the door. (Genesis 7:16, NKJV). All human flesh perished except for Noah and his family. God’s day of grace was missed. Across the pages of God’s revelation of Himself in Scripture, He has warned us not to neglect our salvation.
- “For He says: ’In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NKJV)
- “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7, NKJV)
- “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20, NIV)
Conclusion: Today, the Son of God offers us the opportunity to come into His Ark of Salvation before the door is shut.
We need to make hay while the SON shines.
~ Brother Roy