Pondering God’s Love

 

When I was reading Psalm 91 today about God protecting His children I asked the Lord if He wanted me to read a certain section of Scripture. I thought He was directing me to the book of Ephesians.

As I read slowly and prayerfully, I got overwhelmed with the idea of God choosing people from all of the nations to be His inheritors through Christ. How wonderful that is!

Then later in the night as I folded laundry and mended a fraying item, I listened to Howard Dayton and his co-host, Steve Moore on Compass 1 financial radio program. They got talking about Ephesians 2 and the fact that we’re all unique and that God has a purpose for us.

I’ve copied the first ten verses of Ephesians chapter 2:

Eph 2:1, (GNB):  In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins.

Eph 2:2  At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God.

Eph 2:3  Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger.

Eph 2:4  But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great,

Eph 2:5  that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved.

Eph 2:6  In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world.

Eph 2:7  He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:8  For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.

Eph 2:9  (SEE 2:8)

Eph 2:10  God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

 

After that, Dr. David Jeremiah’s show came on and He got talking about God’s love for mankind. While we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ gave His life as a ransom so people could get into heaven. He said that God is love from I John 4 and that God’s love is not fickle. He loves us even though we fall short; He loves us when we’re behaving well. His love remains constant – it never changes.

Dr. David Jeremiah likened God’s continual love for us as the kind of love a person has on their honeymoon in that God stays delighted with us even as His presence surrounds us continually.

The he mentioned Ephesians, how God loved us from the beginning of time when we weren’t even born yet, as it tells us in chapter one.

When I hear and/or read a message three times in one day, I determine to check it out and try to cement it in my brain. How about you?

May God bless you this day and many more.

 

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Being Diligent

Proverbs 12:27 A slothful man does not roast his prey, but the precious possession of a man is diligence. (NASB 1977)

I got thinking how only a week or so ago I was asking God to direct my steps and those days went smoothly.

Lately, I’ve “hit the floor running,” a cliché from many years ago. I was going from one place to another, having that slight sense of unease that comes from handling the urgent but letting go of the top priorities that Stephen Covey and many organizing specialists warn against.

Yesterday, after Bible study at the nursing home I got home to find that a meal I had prepared the day before for our meal with a friend got destroyed. I doubled the recipe and it required lots of dicing and chopping of vegetables and pre-soaking and cooking of dried beans, etc.(photo from http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;…)

So, I called Cornell Cooperative Extension and they very kindly told me how sorry they were, but it was taking a big chance for us to eat it. Lots of bacterial growth would make it dangerous.

When I forgave the person who accidentally ruined it I couldn’t help think of the times I’d been forgiven by family members and friends for blunders over the years.

I took a deep breath and began thinking of the order of importance for the night’s meal. I had to determine in my heart that I would re-make the time consuming meal but use canned beans instead of dried ones. I halved the recipe and then made the dessert of raw honey and raw almond butter and raw pecans with vanilla flavoring that had to be chilled for a while so it would hold together and then make the corn bread and try to keep it warm before we ate.

When we arrived on a snowy windy hill we trudged up the slippery driveway and the cold air lifted the kitchen towel. “Oh man, the bread’s going to be cold,” I muttered.

After we got settled in, the food set out and the blessing prayed, we began our evening meal and the bread was warm if not hot, the chili let off steam, and the cold dessert got tucked into the nearby refrigerator.

I’m glad I didn’t waste time looking for an “easier” recipe which may have leached valuable time from the day. I was tempted, along with being equally tempted to cancel. My husband got called to the bedside of a stroke victim at a hospital an hour and a half away and I dearly wanted to go. I decided to ask him to give her my love and stay the course so we wouldn’t disappoint our dinner partner.

Sometimes it’s hard to carry on when we’re weary or we have to give up an equally important choice. This morning before I even got out of bed, I asked the Lord to direct my steps. My husband may not consider my actions as having been led by the Lord, but I do. I’m blogging about six hours earlier than normal. Last night I started to write out my blog and totally ran out of steam around midnight. So, I took some of that blog and changed the way I had been headed with it for today’s entry. I tried to find the version of the Bible for the verse I chose above from a note on my bulletin board, so I went online. I found an interesting sermon six pages long on diligence at http://www.faithmanhattan.org/shared/text/2009_07_19_Sermon.pdf

 

I just finished my main meal of the day and want to do some things that require less energy while I’m feeling logy. I hope this blog finds you well. May God bless you.

ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: THE MASTER DESIGNER

I love seeing the wondrous things God has done.

The Time Tunnel

ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING:  Sister Johnson did an awesome job of teaching today’s lesson. The lesson was entitled, “MASTER DESIGNER”. The Scripture was from Psalms 104:1-4, 24-30. The KEY VERSE was verse 24 which reads, “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom, you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Here is the translation of verses 24-30 from THE LIVING BIBLE version:

O Lord, what a variety you have made! And in wisdom you have made them all! The earth is full of your riches.

25]  There before me lies the mighty ocean, teeming with life of every kind, both great and small.  26]  And look! See the ships! And over there, the whale (leviathan), you made to play in the sea. 27]  Every one of these depends on you to give them daily food. 28]  You supply it, and they gather it. You…

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Wisdom Needed Now

 

I read the news that President Trump and former President Obama talked about health care. President Trump wants to make changes to the program now in place because it is expensive for the patients. I know my out of pocket costs sky rocketed after Obamacare came into being.

President Obama sounded glad that President Trump doesn’t want to scrap the program so all Americans can have health insurance, our new president wants to improve it. I am glad to hear that. I have a relative that didn’t take advantage of health insurance because she couldn’t afford it over the years. She fell in that gray area with her income. She made just enough to survive, but not enough to pay for health insurance. She earned too much money for government assistance but not enough to safeguard her health. So, in her fifties she began going to the doctors and found out some stuff that should have been treated earlier. Hopefully all will work out well for her. That is my prayer that circumstances will head towards improvement and ultimately complete reversal.

I read some information about Betsy DeVos and her crusade for a decent education for all American children. She and her husband have earned lots of money over the years and they’ve given millions to organizations to improve education. If Wikipedia can be trusted, their site said that the “New York Times” lied about the Charter schools in Detroit, MI.

Detroit charter school system

DeVos has been a defender of the Detroit charter school system. Douglas N. Harris, professor of Economics at Tulane University, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that DeVos was partly responsible for ‘what even charter advocates acknowledge is the biggest school reform disaster in the country.’ In the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Detroit had the lowest reading and mathematics scores ‘by far’ over any city participating in the evaluation. She designed a system with no oversight, said Harris, and where schools that do poorly can still continue to enroll students.[68]

“On the other hand, a study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that: ‘the typical student in Michigan charter schools gains more learning in a year than his TPS [traditional public schools] counterparts, amounting to about two months of additional gains in reading and math. These positive patterns are even more pronounced in Detroit, where historically student academic performance has been poor.’[69] Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review said that ‘some 47 percent of charter schools in Detroit significantly outperform[ed] traditional public schools in reading.’ Defending DeVos’ record in Michigan, Jay P. Greene, professor of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas argued Harris’ New York Times article misled readers on the evidence and ‘falsely claimed that Detroit has failed to close failing charter schools’, noting that Detroit has closed more charters than Louisiana, a state Harris cites as a model for charter school legislation.[70]

A blogger I follow on WordPress.com named “Endatymes” recently blogged about Americans being fed propaganda by the mainstream media. January 23, 2017’s entry was titled:

ARE YOU CATTLE? MEET YOUR OVERLORDS

She quotes Noam Chomsky and provides a very long YouTube video with his discourse on people doing their own research so as not to be led in false directions. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the point I took to heart.

When I was a child my dad, a WWII Army Air Force plane mechanic veteran used to tell me to believe half of what I saw and none of what I heard.

King Solomon was said to be the wisest man of all time and he was the richest man of his time. He wrote much of Proverbs.

Proverbs 1:1, (GNB):  The proverbs of Solomon, son of David and king of Israel.

Pro 1:2  Here are proverbs that will help you recognize wisdom and good advice, and understand sayings with deep meaning.

Pro 1:3  They can teach you how to live intelligently and how to be honest, just, and fair.

Pro 1:4  They can make an inexperienced person clever and teach young people how to be resourceful.

Pro 1:5  These proverbs can even add to the knowledge of the wise and give guidance to the educated,

Pro 1:6  so that they can understand the hidden meanings of proverbs and the problems that the wise raise.

Pro 1:7  To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the LORD. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.

 

Some people I know believe that if the traditional public schools in America face competition, it will force them to come up with teachers and programs that will reach all the cultures in American schools. It will not be “same old, same old” with some students being pushed through the grades without learning the basics and beyond. It will take a lot of wisdom to fix our educational system and there are challenges in discipline and in differing learning styles, etc. Whoever gets to be the United States Secretary of Education will need stamina and passion and networking abilities and wisdom and a thick skin and lots of grace from on high. Would you agree?

May God bless you.

 

God Likes Change

Last night after I finished blogging and reading other’s blogs, I got ready for bed. My mind raced with people’s opinions and my opinions. It occurred to me that I ought to blog earlier in the day.

Within the last couple of weeks I blogged about eating at a home with many folks we didn’t know. The lady I sat next to turned out to be a professor. She mentioned the changes in education that may be coming under President Trump if Betsy DeVos becomes United States Secretary of Education. The professor said she knows principals who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder over the chance that she’ll be nominated. This dinner and conversation took place before President Trump took office.

I don’t understand. Why would people become afraid before something even comes to pass? I told them that it’s a complicated situation that needs to be handled with a lot of wisdom and I was going to research so I could know more about it. They agreed.

Lately, I read two blogs with people upset over proposed changes President Trump said will come into being. One lady, a teacher from the South said she’s never been in a protest march but now she was going to march with women in Washington, DC in the million women march (which happened a few days ago).

As a Christian for many years now, I’ve noticed that even though I don’t always welcome change, my life is continually being nudged and sometimes shoved into new situations requiring me to adapt. At times, I’ve been the one to take a risk and embrace a challenge. Three homes ago, I told the Lord I thought I’d moved enough, thank You very much. I wonder if He smiled. I’ve heard it said that God loves me too much to allow me to stay the same. He wants me to become more Christ-like according to the Bible.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in 1Timothy 1:12, (CEV):  I thank Christ Jesus our Lord. He has given me the strength for my work because he knew that he could trust me.

1Ti 1:13  I used to say terrible and insulting things about him, and I was cruel. But he had mercy on me because I didn’t know what I was doing, and I had not yet put my faith in him.

1Ti 1:14  Christ Jesus our Lord was very kind to me. He has greatly blessed my life with faith and love just like his own.

1Ti 1:15  “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” This saying is true, and it can be trusted. I was the worst sinner of all!

1Ti 1:16  But since I was worse than anyone else, God had mercy on me and let me be an example of the endless patience of Christ Jesus. He did this so that others would put their faith in Christ and have eternal life.

1Ti 1:17  I pray that honor and glory will always be given to the only God, who lives forever and is the invisible and eternal King! Amen.

The Apostle Paul tells believers to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. In Col 2:5, (CEV) it says, “Even though I am not with you, I keep thinking about you. I am glad to know that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.

Col 2:6  You have accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord. Now keep on following him.

Col 2:7  Plant your roots in Christ and let him be the foundation for your life. Be strong in your faith, just as you were taught. And be grateful.

Col 2:8  Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may sound wise, but they are only human teachings. They come from the powers of this world and not from Christ.

Col 2:9  God lives fully in Christ.

Col 2:10  And you are fully grown because you belong to Christ, who is over every power and authority.

Col 2:11  Christ has also taken away your selfish desires, just as circumcision removes flesh from the body.

Col 2:12  And when you were baptized, it was the same as being buried with Christ. Then you were raised to life because you had faith in the power of God, who raised Christ from death.

Col 2:13  You were dead, because you were sinful and were not God’s people. But God let Christ make you alive, when he forgave all our sins.

Col 2:14  God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross.

Col 2:15  There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when he celebrated his victory.

 

So, it is my opinion that as Americans we should sit down with others of differing cultures and opinions and listen to one another.

I went to a parochial school until I finished eighth grade and then I went to a public school in a city in NY and then to a public school in a suburb in NY. Violence was beginning to encroach upon the peaceful students in the city school and we became a family that finally moved to the suburbs for my mom’s peace of mind and for our well-being. Violence begets violence.

When my mom reached her seventies, I asked her for a bit of wisdom. She thought a moment and then said, “Be ready for change. Life brings change all the time.”

Jesus offers peace and love and forgiveness and kindness. The fruits of the Spirit are in Galatians, chapter five.

May God bless you.

Times in Life

There are times in life when things come along that lift me up and on the same day another happenstance takes me by surprise and I find myself grieving.

So I grieve for a bit and then press on. Tonight we’re watching “Hope Floats” starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. and Gena Rowlands, directed by Forest Whitaker and produced by Fortis Films in 1998.

What a tear jerker. I wouldn’t have chosen it but I was in the living room when it came on. Maybe sad movies act as a release for feelings in real life. They say violent movies have a cathartic effect on adults although for children violent videos produce violent children.

I know myself if I see too many heartbreaking shows and read too many sad stories I don’t have the emotional reserve to face loss in life. So I purposefully cut back on joy stealers.

Philippians 4:8 is one of my favorite verses in the New King James Version: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.

Paul continues to say in verse nine, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Jesus shared some last words with His disciples in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

I hope God blesses you big time today.

Flexible Moments

My daughter called today to see if I could head north to fill in for an unexpected childcare need.

I got ready to go and had half the stuff needed in the car for a sleep over when she called to say one of her appointments wasn’t going to work out. So I quickly backed out when she said I could still come up for a visit.

I had started to clear the pantry before leaving. I also wanted to grocery shop, so even though I was disappointed, I re-adjusted my plans back to the original.

Then, just before I left the house a second time, a good friend called to catch up and we spoke for almost an hour. I did some straightening while we visited, so that was a plus.

The weather forecasters said we were in for a big storm tonight and tomorrow, so I felt better about staying home after I heard that. Some of the store shelves were empty, especially in the produce section. The first time I saw empty shelves at our store I was startled. It’s a rare occurrence. People must have shopped earlier because the store wasn’t that busy.

Sometimes I thank God for His provision because I’m mindful that some people face hunger due to shortages where they live or because of a lack of money to buy food. It’s a wonderful thing when people help others out. Jesus spoke of helping the poor. Matthew 25:31, (KJV):  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Mat 25:35  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Mat 25:36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Mat 25:37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Mat 25:38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Mat 25:39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

I hope you are having a great day. May God bless you.

 

Disease Fighter

I cleared a cluttery spot on Friday night before accompanying my husband and friends to a person’s home for a macro nutrient-filled meal. We liked everything from the soup to the dessert except for a red cabbage dish that tasted bitter. I added a ground sesame seed/salt combination on top and it tasted better. This family has opened its doors for over twenty years to the community for a Friday night meal for a donation. This was our first time being there in Upstate NY.

It’s quite a drive from our house so I don’t know how often we’ll get there. After eating an all whole food vegan meal with different kinds of seaweeds incorporated into the recipes I stumbled upon a DVD once home, from de-cluttering earlier in the day.

My husband and I just watched it: “Forks Over Knives” in combination with “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue” which showed shopping and food preparation.

The China Study     (image from http://www.benbellavegan.com/book/the-china-study/

T.Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD in The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health stated that people who changed to a whole food, plant-eating diet found reductions in cancer, heart disease, diabetes 2, immune diseases, bone diseases, mental deterioration and eye diseases, etc. This book was copyrighted in 2004 and published by BenBella Books, Dallas, TX.

Protein from meat and dairy is hard on the body according to many researchers and a handful of doctors that I’m aware of.

When my husband and I were eating vegan a few years ago and making raw carrot juice with celery or greens in it, I went to the eye doctors for an exam. The cataracts the doctor kept track of from a previous visit had completely disappeared.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell suggests as a person increases their fruit and vegetable intake by four servings (1/2 cup), their chance of stroke goes down by 22 %. By adding additional varieties of veggies and fruits, the chance of stroke decreases accordingly until there’s a 100% chance of no stroke. Over sixteen servings a day is what I figured. This includes potatoes, corn, etc.

What I like about this kind of diet is that a person can eat until they’re full as often as they want and they will lose weight. The only time I gained weight eating this way was to reach for the bread and nuts too often. They are higher in calorie.

In the Bible after Creation, in Gen_2:16, (ESV):  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden.”

According to the Bible, mankind didn’t eat meat until after the worldwide flood.

Here’s food for thought.

May God bless you.

Organizing the Writing Life

I’m reading James Scott Bell’s book Just Write: Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life straight through and then I’ll go through it and do the exercises. By reading straight through, I mean 15 to 20 pages at a time and then picking it up again. It’s been a few days since I last read it but it’s right up there with library books with looming due dates. He got this one published by Writer’s Digest Books and it’s copyrighted in 2016. It’s got advice that entails work hints and dedication and using brain cells and encouraging oneself – to name a few things.Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

(photo from Christianwritersinstitute.com)

I like James Scott Bell’s fiction. I discovered his books while shelving returns from the circulation desk when I worked at the library. I bought his craft books, one from Barnes & Nobles, two from Writer’s Digest online. I recommend them all but this one is hitting me where I live and I’m glad I bought it.

We have a lady pastor at our church who’s told me that my husband’s preaching stepped on her toes. “I love it!”

The first time she spoke that way, my eyes widened and I said, “You loved it?”

“Oh yeah, I needed to hear that.”

James Scott Bell’s words to writers may step on my toes at times but I’m serious about improving. So, I appreciate the words of wisdom a published novelist passes along.

One of my goals this year is to finish Jerry Jenkins’ “Inspirational Market” writing course that I purchased as an online class.

As I get organized in my thinking and my environment I picture finishing projects and choosing pathways according to God’s direction. I do that now some of the time, but disorder affects me more than I’ve realized.

A friend of my husband’s and mine told me twenty years ago that he thought it was a spiritual battle and he may have been right. Anyway, God knows and I’m ready to organize the kitchen this week.

May God bless you!

Seek God First

I was spending some quiet time with the Lord today and I got reminded of Matthew chapter six. Verses nineteen through thirty-four speak in a comparative manner of collecting treasures on earth and laying up treasures in heaven. Jesus reminds us that God provides for us. I included the verses here because many times over the weeks I’ve sensed God reminding me to seek Him. He is the eternal reality. This life on earth is short and the older I get the more I’m aware of it.

Mat 6:19, (ESV)  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

Mat 6:20  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Mat 6:22  “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,

Mat 6:23  but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Mat 6:24  “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Mat 6:25  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Mat 6:26  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Mat 6:27  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Mat 6:28  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

Mat 6:29  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Mat 6:30  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Mat 6:31  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Mat 6:32  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Mat 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Mat 6:34  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

When I read Proverbs, it talks disparagingly of slothfulness and it reminds people to leave an inheritance to their children. In the book of Second Thessalonians it says in the English Standard Version at 2Th_3:10  For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

2Th_3:11  For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.

2Th_3:12  Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

The Apostle Paul is aware of Jesus’ teachings and he’s not contradicting Jesus, but he’s addressing a problem with some of the believers. They were so convinced that Jesus was returning immediately that they didn’t think they needed to work. Jesus said don’t let money be your master. Let God be your master and He will provide. One of the ways He provides is by giving us work to do so we can earn a living. I think that’s pretty clear. My husband has preached that work is not a part of the curse in the book of Genesis. The curse for farmers came after the fall in the addition of weeds and thistles and the ground not cooperating.

Even though we live in a fallen world, unlike anything at the beginning of the Creation, Jesus is saying if we seek God first then we need not worry about provision. If we focus on God first, then the earthly stuff that we need will come our way through opportunities, ideas that flourish, through gifts from others, etc. The Jewish people are God’s chosen people and one of the issues that causes jealousy against Jewish people that I’ve heard about is the fact that many worked hard, became scientists or comedians or business people and they prospered more than the rest of their neighbors. When God loves you, He likes to prosper you. Not every Jew or every Christian is rich. It can’t be that simplified, but God’s principles apply to everyone. Give and it shall be given unto you is a principle: Luke_6:38  “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

If you help the poor or give to a cause near and dear to God’s heart, He will bless you. It’s repeated in Scripture and it may be more than about money.

I’ve found Him worth seeking, anyway.

Well, I hope you are blessed today and forever.