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01/13/2011

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Dealing With a Plentiful Harvest


"Lord, we cleared the land, we plowed it, sowed it and harvested it. It wouldn't be here and we wouldn't be eating it if we hadn't done it all ourselves. We worked dog-bone hard for every crumb and morsel....But we thank you Lord just the same for the food we're about to eat"

Charlie Anderson from the movie Shenandoah 1965


In our Bible study last night, we got in to the Parable of the Rich Fool. (Luke 12:13-21) As I studied it in preparation for the class, I could not help to remember the movie line that you find above. If you are old enough, you might have remembered the movie, and if you are "trivial" enough might have remembered that saying of grace before the evening meal by Charlie Anderson (Jimmy Stewart) This character wasn't sold too much on religion, but his deceased wife had exacted a promise from him to take the family to church and keep God in the home. Though he was not rich, with the help of his family he had become a successful farmer. The man in our parable is also a successful farmer, and there is no indication that he got that way by any illegal means. He was such a good farmer that his crop was larger than the barns that he had in which to store it. "I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones and there I will store all my grain and my goods" (V 18). The man even looked toward retirement as many of us do, thinking that all his hard work and success would allow him to; "Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry" (V 19). After all this work, God calls him a fool! By human standards, this hardly seems fair does it...He worked hard and wanted to enjoy the fruits of his labors.

Rather than go into the parable and explain, I will allow you to do that. Do you have a "prayer list" in your church bulletin? Looking at one of ours, I see people who are suffering from various illnesses, those who are about to have a surgical procedure, those in the military and those who are traveling. I am sure that yours is much like ours. Do you have anyone ask to be put on the prayer list that says this; "I am in good health, make a lot of money and am very happy...Please put me on your prayer list." How do we deal with a plentiful harvest? "It is not for man who walks to direct his own path" (Jer. 10:23)...."Boast not of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day might bring forth" (Prov. 27:1). The man was called a fool because he kept God out of his successful life. He lived without God, and died without hope. Never stop praying for those in some kind of need, but also never stop thanking God for being blessed so richly...Let God know that we are aware that the plentiful harvest comes from Him, and use that harvest in the service of our Lord.

Have a wonderful day...Count you many blessings... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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