So how is it that God rewards those who keep their promises to Him? The thing with God is that He doesn’t just see the seed you give, He see’s that the one seed contains much more within it. Just as it is in a kernel of corn, once it goes into the ground and dies, it brings a stalk up which bears 2-3 ears of corn with several hundred kernels on each ear. God never see’s things the way we do and when He blesses you, it’s to show just how generous He is to those who trust Him.
God was most especially kind to Hannah. She had three more sons and two daughters! The boy Samuel stayed at the sanctuary and grew up with God. 1 Samuel 2:21 MSG
If you back up into chapter 1 again, or read what I blogged yesterday, you’ll understand that Hannah was barren and persecuted because of it. Yet she asked God for a son and vowed to give him to the Lord for His service. It wasn’t an easy thing to pray, but she understood that God was a generous God! Wanting a child to serve the Lord is a beautiful thing.
We are all created for service to Gods Kingdom, what we do with that promise determines the fruit we bear in our lifetime. It’s not up to us what that produce looks like, but that we’re faithful in producing for Him.
There are times I think we’ve been promised that if we give our lives to the Lord, we will be blessed beyond measure, never experience problems or difficulties and life will be a garden of roses. What we fail to teach is that manure is tilled into the soil-that stinks! We’re expected to work the soil, pick bugs off the plants, get our arms scratched in the process of caring for these beautiful roses. It’s not easy! It’s hard! But it’s so rewarding when you see the fruit you’ve produced working the same process and producing more of the same.
Dear Lord! There were times I thought I had developed an allergic reaction to the fruit I bore. Each time I would speak into them, they would be angry or contrary. Those ‘blessings of the Lord’ at times seemed to bring pain and stress into my life, but then I remembered that gardening is hard work and I should never have committed to it without counting the cost.
I would remind God that they were His to do with according to His plan and I left their growth to Him. I was merely a planter and grower, the final product was up to Him alone. I would remember the promise of Proverbs 22:6, that if I train up my child in the way of the Lord, when they’re older they won’t depart from Him. He always keeps His promises even when I don’t see it happen!
Thanks Lord for that amazing reminder. My reward is in my obedience, pure and simple. I’m not responsible for what the fruit yields, only in my obedience to what you instruct me to do. If I deviate from my purpose, it may effect the outcome and for that I truly repent. May I be a faithful promise keeper, a doer and not a hearer only. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.