TILLING THE LAND

“One who tills his land will have plenty of food, but one who follows empty pursuits will have plenty of poverty.” – Proverbs 28:19

The Bible teaches the importance of being diligent. We should realize that God has given each of us resources and desires to multiply these resources. But this increase only comes after we invest what He has given us. The Bible often uses the example of farmers to illustrate principles. Farmers who do nothing will not reap a harvest. Crops cannot grow unless farmers prepare the soil, sow seeds, and water. They cannot just think about these things but must act and work hard. Those who work “will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty” (NIV). To encourage diligence, the Bible declares that “the hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops” (2 Timothy 2:6). The Bible reminds us of the importance of investing what God has given us. Realize that, if we do nothing, fruit will not appear on its own. We are to be constant in investing our seeds and developing our resources. As Jesus taught, we are to invest the talents that He has given us, not hide them, but use them to bring about an increase (Matthew 25:14-30). Today, dedicate yourself to till the land, to work and serve, and to invest the resources God has given you. Give of your time, talents, and treasures. Be His witness. And realize that you have been blessed, so you might be a blessing.

Read: Proverbs 28

TOTAL CONFIDENCE

“Who is he, an uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the Living God? I come to you in the name of the LORD of Hosts. The battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands.” – 1 Samuel 17:26, 45, 47

Goliath was intimidating – so intimidating that no one in the Israelite army was ready to challenge this Philistine giant. But David was different. Although just a boy, David was confident in God. He approached Goliath not in his own strength but in God’s power. He was not concerned about weapons or his personal strength. And it didn’t bother him that Goliath was bigger and stronger. To him, this was a battle between God and those who defied Him. He was convinced that God could do anything and that He would give him victory because “the battle is the Lord’s.” People thought David was naïve. They did not understand that the only thing that mattered was his faith in God. Defeat was not possible. Brimming with confidence, he achieved a great victory. It can be hard simply to believe God, even for seasoned believers. But the Bible urges us to have the same kind of faith that inspired David, so we can know that He is bigger than any giant we face. Skeptics say that Bible stories are just legends, and God cannot perform miracles. But the Bible reminds us God is the same as He was in the days of David. And He still can do anything for those with faith. Like David, learn to trust God simply and completely. Declare His promises to be true. Be bold and don’t hold back. Believe Him for miracles and overwhelming victory!

Read: 1 Samuel 17