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.
But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Psalm 102:27
Going through life, a person will see many changes the longer he lives. It does not really matter if it was five-hundred years ago, or in current history, things and people change.
People must change as they get older. Their bodies and maturity must grow. If a person does not grow and change, there is something medically wrong with them. Some will choose to not grow in maturity, and are often seen as childish and looked down upon by most in society.
Along with humans changing with time, so do the ways things are done. Technology has changed the ways many things are done and is constantly changing to this day. Not all changes are good, not all changes are bad, but there are changes in the human life.
One that does not change is God. He is the same today as He was during the time of Adam and Eve. God still accepts everyone who comes to Him. God still uses the ‘little’ people in this world to do great things.
Many people believe that God could never use them, or could not really love them. They look in the Bible and see various people used by God that look so good, and feel that they cannot measure up.
Yet, every one of those people in the Bible God used had faults and struggles and God still used them. God has not changed. You may have faults and struggles in your life, but God still chooses you. He still wants to use you.
You have God’s favor on you. It may not seem like it when you look at the momentary troubles you may be going through, but God is still on your side. He wants you to succeed. He loves you with the exact same love that He loved David, the apple of His eye.
Along with God never changing, He will never come to and end. Everyone and everything in this world will come to an end some day, but God will not.
You can rest assured that God loves you and will always be there. Keep your eyes on Jesus and trust Him. See what He can and will do in and through you.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God never changes; and that you will serve God with all of your life.
Then David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 2 Samuel 5:12
After the death of King Saul, David was made king of Israel. It was not until the king of Tyre sent workers and supplies to David did David realize that God had really made him king of over Israel. At that point he knew that it was God’s hand at work that had made him securely king over Israel and it was for the sake of the people of Israel.
When most people are moved up in a promotion to a higher position, their first thoughts are usually that they deserved that position. They feel that they had worked hard to get there. There is pride in their heart about getting into that new higher position.
Very seldom do people realize that it was because of God working in their lives that put them in that position. Many people do not give God the credit for their position.
At some point in your life you may have been moved up in a position. Yes, it did take a lot of your own personal work to get to that position. However, without God’s hand of favor and work in your life, you would never have attained that position.
Think about it. It is only because of God’s sustaining power that you can breathe, or move, or think, or work. If you can only do these things because of God’s sustaining power, then any move up in position is ultimately the work of God. God has given you the ability to do everything that you do.
The challenge now in your life is to recognize the work of God in your life. Realize what God has given you and allowed you to do. Give God credit for the good place in life you may be.
Do not allow personal pride to take away what God has done in and for you. Know that it was God who has brought you as far as you have come and will bring you the rest of the way on this journey in this life.
I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will know it is God who gives you all of your abilities; that you will not allow pride to take the place of God; and that you will be a great asset in God’s kingdom here on this earth.