I am impressed. I am impressed with my Heavenly Father. He has done what he said he would do and a whole lot more!
Deut. 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto;
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground…
12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand…
When I was a young man, I believed this passage of Scripture. I knew there was a law of sowing and reaping in effect, but I had never personally tasted the fruit, so it was all religious theory to me.
At the time, I preached the well known and popular three-point sermon:
1) You reap the same kind of fruit as the seeds that you sow.
2) You reap much later than you sow.
3) You reap much more than you sow.
I had seen the wages of sin in the lives of broken people, but as a young man I did not really understand their hurt and loss. I knew people carried guilt and shame, but I didn’t know that it was like constant mud in their mouths. Yet I preached to the sinner that he must repent lest he reap the bitter fruit of his deeds, but I don't remember ever preaching or even thinking about the fact that the righteous were also promised that they would reap as they had sown—reap the same kind of fruit, reap much later, and reap much more.
I am now 56 years old; our five children are all grown; two of them are married; the second daughter will be married in the fall. We have one grandkid and one or two more on the way. The children all love the Lord and walk in truth. Their lives are bearing heavenly fruit. Our one grandkid is more obedient than my children were at 14 months.
I have good friends whom I have known since they were young. Some of them, I led to the Lord 20 or 30 years ago. They all walk in truth, and many of them have grown children who follow the Savior in a life of peace and prosperity.
The little church at Cane Creek is filled with love and peace. We care for one another as family.
Little girls are becoming ladies; clumsy boys are looking to the example of their community and becoming men. Some of the young men have gone off to Bible College and returned with lovely wives. Our health is good. Everyone is prospering economically. Life is as sweet as ripe peaches in honey.
It is not because we live in Pleasantville that life is pleasant. It is not because we have adopted a certain lifestyle. It is God blessing his children as he promised. Some will write and accuse me of bragging. I am bragging. I am bragging on a holy God who does what he said he would do. He has blessed us in the city and in the country. He has blessed us with a sound mind, with peace that passes understanding, with love that does not remember evil, and with the ability to forgive and accept forgiveness. He blesses us when we come in the house and when we go out. God has spoken with authority and "commanded" the blessings to come on us. He blesses our tomato plants, our dogs, cats, chickens, horses, and cows. He controls the lightning and the tornadoes, the rain and the sun. He blesses the fruit of our labor and the fruit of our bodies. Everything that we set our hands to is blessed by God. We are “plenteous in goods” and filled with hope for his soon return. We look forward to heaven, not as a release from pain but as a higher experience of the love and joy God has given us pilgrims here on this sin-cursed earth.
It is not because we are more righteous that we are blessed. Remember, you reap much more than you sow. We have sowed a little faithfulness to God and he has multiplied our seeds and returned them one-hundred fold. We have loved him a little, and he has loved us much. We have honored him feebly and he has honored us royally. We have occasionally gone where he sent us, and he brought us back to great reward. We gave him our children and he gave us back adults who rise up and call their parents blessed. We gave him a little time, and he gave us eternity. We have suffered little to none, when He has borne all the suffering for us. He died that we might live, and he promised life more abundantly. Is it pride to testify that God is faithful in every way and more than we ever dreamed possible?
The goodness of God leads sinners to repentance, and it keeps us saints walking in obedience. If you could experience our joy and peace for just one day, you would put away all sin and religion from your life. If you have questionable habits, you would throw them off like a burning blanket. If you have a sour, unthankful attitude, you would thirst and hunger after righteousness. Jesus invites all to come to the banquet that he has prepared. He wants his house full. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.
I am a fan of Jesus. God gets my vote. Three cheers for our Heavenly Father. God is good—the very best.