Food…that the land may not perish through the famine.

Genesis 41:36 (ESV)
That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”

Taking a break from Job today to talk about how things die when they are not fed.  It’s almost universal that everyone over 25 knows how hard it is to lose weight.  I believe it is easier to stop drinking or smoking than to lose weight and keep it off.  Why is that?  Because there is no absolute change that can be made, we have to continue to eat, just less, where with smoking or drinking it’s just a matter of stopping and toughing out the withdrawal (with the possible exception of the rare people with an actual medical condition – I’m not a doctor but I know people who drink all the time can die from the DTs if they suddenly stop).  Once you get past the withdrawal you just don’t smoke or drink again and eventually the desire dies (or at least goes into a deep sleep). 

The same applies to our spiritual life; if we are in the habit of reading the Bible everyday, we won’t die if we stop for a few days but we will miss it.  After a while, we will stop missing it as other activities take over.  The same applies to praying and to worshipping with fellow believers.

Matthew 7:17-19 (ESV)
17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

So, if we are not edifying (enriching) other believers and showing our faith by our actions are we bearing good fruit?

Heavenly Father,
You have given us everything we need and all we need to do is accept and enjoy it.  Yet we cling to this world day and night as if what you give us is not far better.  Lord, give us faith to let go of what this world offers and put our trust in your son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Saviour and as our constant source of fulfillment and joy.  It is in His great name we pray.


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