2018-09-19 - Obeidence is Rewarded
The area we live has had mostly clouds and rain the past week, prior to the arrival of the remnants of hurricane Florence. There are several people and families I specifically have been in prayer for, regarding catastrophic impact, knowing they have been in direct proximity to the enormous storm . The dangers following initial impact have more centered on the storm’s crawling along, and thus the flooding factor is of the utmost concern, wherever it hovers on its path. With having had rain here for several days before its arrival, we have been receiving reports of potential damage coming from the river in town breaking out of its banks soon, with any rain, and even more so with a tropical storm imminent. With that in mind, even earlier this week, I began to prepare as much as was possible, then leaving the rest in God’s hands.
Part of my preparation was getting stuff off the deck and then pulling off any of the vegetables in the garden down below it, that were ready. Oddly enough, a couple weeks before this, it was necessary to water those same plants, due to lack of rain. It was important to me to take care of what we were given. So, in case of high winds and heavy rains, everything possible was put into the shed, and many of the veggies and fruits ready were harvested, too. The balance between enough rain and sunshine is out of my hands, as well as potential winds, yet with patience and diligence, doing my best and knowing God will take care of the rest, I remain confident in his promises, despite the results from this storm or our garden harvest.
We cannot control the weather. We can count on it to be changeable. The farmer, whether it’s an occupation or just a pastime, cannot guarantee a good yield for his crops. We can, however, count on the promises of God not faltering. Whether the crops are abundant or not, or the storms rage and waters rise or there be a drought, God’s kingdom is always eminent in His timing. The plan he formed centers around us always being with him, should we choose. On this, we can always depend. In the meantime, we just prepare as best we can, knowing our obedience is rewarded.
“For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:” (Hebrews 6:7 KJV)
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
“Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,” (Romans 5:18-20 NIV)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted