A Famine of God’s Blessings – My Daily Bread!
The comfort of our peace comes with obedience. God’s Word tells us in Leviticus 26: 3-5, 9-10, NIV:
“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field its fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.”
Our God is in the covenant making business with His people. Here He speaks of the untold blessings that would accrue to the nation of Israel if they followed His commands. Chapter 26 clearly laid out God’s expectations: if the Israelites obeyed, there would be peace in the land. If they disobeyed, disaster would follow. On the blessings side of the equation, God promised them overflowing abundance depicted by the reference to still eating last year’s harvest when the new harvest was ready. God’s blessing poured out one on top of another – blessings that demonstrate His love, His concern and His ultimate control of all elements of the nature of life that we need to stay physically alive. Yes, God in control and the source of everything!
Apparently man in our limited wisdom can get to thinking that we alone create what we have on our own. This is clear from Scripture which tell us: “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the Word of Truth, that we might be a kind of firstfrutis of all He created.” (James 1: 16-18, NIV) James follows this comment up with great admonitions on obedience: “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Saints this is the same for us today. Our obedience leads to overflowing blessings of the Lord! For the Word tells us: “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this , not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1: 25, NIV) Yes God has promised to prosper us in all our seasons of life, from seed time to harvest, again and again; however, He does require that obedience to His Word be an element of our worship that lives in us daily!
God desires and promises to bless us both spiritually and physically. The physical aspects of our blessings speak to His supplying all our daily needs for food clothing and shelter. And just as the physical body must be sustained with food sustenance, so to the spiritual body must be sustained with spiritual food – His Word. A daily regimen of feasting on the Word of God is what helps us to attain to obedience that pleases God. Did not James make it clear that he who ” looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this , not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it” is the one who will be blessed? Thanks be to God that we cannot lose our salvation in Christ once we believe! And thanks for His blessing of grace that overflows to us when we fall short of His mark!
Are you “still eating last year’s harvest and have to move it out” before the Lord pours out more? If so, rejoice and share it out to all who God brings in your path. Or are you in a season where you are experiencing a famine of God’s blessings? If so Saints, check your obedience, for where there is a famine of blessings, it is usually preceded by a famine of the Word. And remember that “from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children – with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts.” (Psalm 103: 17-18, NIV)
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