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Too Much Of A Good Thing

      As many of my stories say, we hear the voice of God through our farm activities. It’s as if He intended us to till the soil so that we could fully understand. If we look back to Genesis and the fall of man, we will see an amazing statement from the Lord. In chapter 3 verse 17 He stated a curse toward man. The curse was that the ground would bring forth thorns and thistles and that we would work it in sorrow.

    But what I looked at was the statement “for your sake”. Think about someone doing something for your sake! I have looked through the Word and compared that phrase “your sake”. It always means for someone’s final outcome to be favorable. It’s never a punishment but rather a discipline!

   Well, getting back to my story, Angie and I have had some garden problems of late that God has really taught us with. Over the last month we’ve had a tremendous amount of rain. There were two hurricanes that came in the Gulf and right up through our area. During that time it was so wet we couldn’t get in the garden to work it. So last weekend we finally got down there and dealt with the mess. The grass was waist deep between the rows. The tomatoes had died back from viruses that the constant moisture had brought. An entire row of sunflowers were lost.

    After we’d been there about an hour, Angie said, “You know, this is all a result of too much blessing.” “How’s that?” I asked. “Well, the rain and sunshine were blessings from God that we’d prayed for. Only the garden had received too much!” Once again, a sermon was preached on our farm.

   We both began to discuss people’s lives as examples to see if the thought was true. We talked of children who had received all good things and never had time for the tilling in their lives. As we went through these examples, we both realized that all good with no cost makes us all overgrown gardens. Just think of examples of people that you know! Perhaps you, yourself?

   If we get nothing but the finest food, snacks and drink nothing but the best fluids for our bodies and yet never have exercise, we will end up in poor health. A garden that receives the best fertilizer and soil and gets plenty of rain and sunshine will be overgrown with weeds.

   I found an interesting scripture the other day in the Old Testament. It says that the Lord would only allowIsraelto overcome the enemy little by little or else the wild animals would overtake them. Ex23:29-30 -Wow! That’s amazing, isn’t it? In fact, God’s Word is full of examples of taking little and working with it slowly.

   We live in an instant society. It’s microwave cooking, electric toothbrushes, power tools, fast cars and food. Folks want quick money, fast weight loss, and instant success. No one wants to work and be patient anymore. That is God’s way. His way is slow and perfect.  We are impatient by nature. God is trying to tell us something here.

    So don’t let your garden get out of control. Work the soil, whatever it is. Don’t worry if the blessings aren’t as numerous as you’d like. Our Lord gives good gifts to His children, and in the right amounts. It’s for your sake!


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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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