WEDNESDAY 10TH MAY 2017
TOPIC: GOD IS BEHIND YOUR INCREASE
TOPIC: 1 Corinthians 3:1 “And l, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ….”
Sometimes, we think that the increase or success which we enjoy is the result of our own efforts or hard work. Now, I am not advocating laziness, but the truth is that God is the one behind our increase. We see this truth when we read the story of Ruth, a young widow from Moab, who worked as a cleaner in a barley field from morning till evening. Now, we could attribute the entire ephah — a substantial 10-day supply — of barley she collected at the end of the day to her hard work.
After all, she did work all day in the field.
When we read about how Boaz, the owner of the field, had secretly told his reapers to “let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may clean ” (Ruth 2:16), we know that it was because of Boaz’s intervention that Ruth ended up with so much. I believe that Jesus, our heavenly Boaz, does the same thing for us today. He causes people to favor us and “drop” blessings on us because He loves us. Then, He causes us to “pick up” these blessings. Often, it happens so seemingly naturally we forget that it is the Lord who has blessed us with the increases. Beloved, your hard work is not behind your increase. The Bible tells us that it is “God that gives the increase”. He is the one who is behind your increase and He delights in blessing you because He loves you!
MEDITATION: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Numbers 19; Ps.56&57; Isaiah 8 to 9:7; James 2