Hosea 9:2 The Food & Wine Will Fail

Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people; the new wine will fail them. Hosea 9:2

Hosea was telling the people of Israel to not rejoice. They had been found guilty of committing many sins and rejecting God. Punishment was coming to them. Many in Israel felt that because their crops were so good, that they would be able to support themselves and did not need God at all. They are warned that everything will fail them.

Farmers go out and plant huge fields of crops for food. They expect the crops to come in large enough to be able to feed their own family and sell a lot to others for more money, so they can get wealthy and feed more people.

On the surface this looks like it would provide for needs of all the people everywhere to get enough food. However, without God, those crops will not always come through as the farmer may expect. God has to be the one to provide the right amount of water and sunshine for those crops to grow. As people refuse to follow God and give Him all the credit, God pulls His hand of favor away and the crops will not grow as well, which will not feed the people.

Not every person grows food for themselves or for a profit. People use other things to make a profit and provide for themselves. Working many different types of jobs, people strive to have large bank accounts in order to provide for all of their needs. In the same way, if they are not following God and allowing Him to be in control, the bank accounts will fail. There will not be enough money to provide for all the needs one may have.

Life consists of more than just food and drink. One needs the nourishment of God and His word in his life on a daily basis.

As you are going through your life, what are you expecting to nourish you? Is it the food you buy with the money your job provided?

Or is it God providing through your job and His grace and mercy?

Keep your eyes and life focused on God and allow Him to be the one in control. Then God will provide for all of your needs. Your hands will work and be prosperous for your needs and the needs of others. Without God, they will fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision for your life; that you will trust in God alone; that God will provide for others through you; and that God will receive all the credit for the blessings in your life.

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Matthew 13:23 Producing a Crop

“But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23

The final part of this parable looks at the seed that falls on good soil. When the soil has the correct mixture of soil, fertilizer and moisture it is a place a seed can grow.

Look at a tomato plant. One little seed is planted in the correct soil. It grows. When it produces tomatoes, you will have dozens of tomatoes on one plant. Each of those tomatoes produce many other seeds that could potentially produce many more plants and more tomatoes.

As the gospel message is passed on to other people, some will reject it immediately; others will accept for a while then reject it; but some will understand and follow.

One sign of a person who has understood the message is one who will produce a crop. The production process for a Christian is planting more seeds of the gospel into the lives of more people.

Just like someone growing a garden: if you only plant one seed, you may or may not get a plant back; but if you plant many seeds you have a great chance of getting a good crop.

As a Christian you should be trying to plant the seeds of the gospel message as much as possible. Tell everyone you meet and know about the salvation that Jesus provides.

Often believers will not tell a certain person because they “know” that, that person is hard and will not accept Jesus. This is not a believers job to decide. Let God deal with the heart of the person. Plant the seed anyway.

Look at the Apostle Paul. He was zealous against Christians. He sought out ways to kill them. Yet, God got a hold of his life and look what has become of it. Half the New Testament was written by Paul.

Jesus wants you to be His witness. Go out today and sow the gospel message to everyone you meet and know. See if God will bring in a crop one hundred times over. Allow God to use you.

I pray that God will place the desire for you to share the gospel message in your heart; that God will reveal opportunities for you to share His message; that God will draw people to Him through you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.