13For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
(Psalm 147:12-14, King James Version)
Finest of Wheat
As we draw near to the end of this series of devotions called "First Love," we are reminded again by the Psalmist that all of our blessings, all of the good things of this earth, even the finest of wheat are all blessings given to us by the Lord. As believers, we know that is true, but often we become so used to the good things of this earth, the peace within our borders, and the best this world has to offer that we tend to take them for granted. Even worse, we think we deserve the good things we have because of our own efforts, diligence, or goodness.
We need to remember that everything we have and everything we are, are really gifts from the Lord. Do we possess great intelligence, wit, a good business sense, tenacity in the face of discouragement? All of these attributes are gifts from God. Do we live in a land where peace and prosperity abound? Has the abundance of things made us apathetic in our Christian walk? These are good things for us to ponder.
What if we live in a land where peace does not abound, prosperity exists only for a privileged few, and persecution against believers is rampant? Has God deserted us? Though that may seem to be the case, it is certainly not true. As a matter of fact, it is often true that Christians in such situations are closer to the Lord; they know that their faith is more precious than gold or prosperity. Daily they pray for the strength to faithfully serve God, even unto death if that is what God has ordained for them. Truly, a crown of righteousness awaits them at the feet of Jesus!
Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:
11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.Wherever God has placed us, whether in a land of prosperity or not, whether rich or poor, whether dull of mind or of great intelligence, whether bound or free, let us place all of our strength and all of our hope upon the Lord Jesus Christ, for it is He, alone, who strengthens us.
12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:11-13, King James Version)
Whether we have been given the finest of wheat, or the poorest of the things of this life, let us praise and honor the Lord Jesus Christ, remembering that this world is not our home. Our life is but a few years--just a breath in the realm of eternity. Our true home waits for us in heaven above where we will live in the presence of God the Father, Himself, and walk and talk with the Lord Jesus just as His disciples did over 2000 years ago on this earth.
What an amazing God we serve! To Him, alone, be all the praise, all the honor, and all the glory!
God Bless You,