Today’s word for April 29, 2011

Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
our oxen will draw heavy loads.
Psalms 144:13-14a

“God helps those who help themselves” an old adage goes. No, it is not a quote from the Bible as many believe, just an old adage. Prayer and Action! Pastor Dario Silva-Silva would say. We can not ask God to fill our barns before having watered the fields and having reaped the fruit of the earth. We can not ask God for an abundant harvest without first planting the seed or tending the vines. We can not ask for rain without having first prepared the ground. We can not ask that our herds increase their size without first taking care of them, bringing them to graze in the right places. We can not ask that our wagons be loaded with plenty of products without having worked for it. In other words, there can be no prosperity without effort. When riches come the easy way, they go away by the same path they came.

I love the way the wise King Solomon described it: “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.” Let us not limit ourselves, then, to hope that everything will arrive as if by magic, without requiring an effort on our part. The effort required is not as great as one might think. Our Lord Jesus told us: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” That is, a yoke and a burden are required, albeit light. Let us not continue dreaming of winning the lottery jackpot to meet our needs. Let us pray and act and our barns will be filled … Only to God be the glory!


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