“Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
-Apostle Paul & Barnabas were preaching in Lystra, a place where most of the people worshiped foreign gods. Paul described the goodness of Jesus witnessed through provision of rain from heaven yielding food for man & animals in its season, spiritual food through His word & fullness of joy in our hearts. The Holy Spirit also fills our hearts with spiritual food through the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility & self control so that we may remain in the will of the Father & receive strength in all things. Paul also reminds us that God works in us & through us, & we are called to point others to Jesus our Savior.
-God created the moon to mark the seasons & the sun knows when to go down (Psa 104:19). God also created four seasons; winter, summer, spring & autumn which constantly alternate every year & are designed for every purpose under heaven. Some seasons are associated with sowing while others with reaping. Gods’ creation is perfect & from the beginning; He created us to be fruitful, to multiply & fill the earth, & He will most definitely accomplish His purpose in all creation. Further, each one of us has been created differently with unique gifts & abilities which require exploitation. In our different abilities & according to the season; some of us sow while others reap & one cannot accurately compare their lives with that of others. We are only encouraged to sow in the right season for sluggards do not plow & at harvest time they look but find nothing (Prov 20:4). In our Christian lives, faith in Christ is the foundation & the avenue to eternal life. As the true Vine; Christ is interested in our fruitfulness as those branches in Him that do not bear fruit are cut off & those that bear fruit He prunes so that they may bear more fruit (John 15:2). When we commit all things to the the true Vine, He enables us to bear much fruit & establishes our steps for without Him we can do nothing. God also tells us that we should persevere in prayer, righteousness, faith, good works & to never loose hope for at His own time, He will make everything perfect.
Many are the plans in our hearts Lord but You ordain our steps, receive all our thanksgiving & praise. We commit all things to You Jesus, fight for us, our families & nation for the battle belongs to You. You have promised to give us rain so that we may bear fruit in its season; we trust in You faithful Father & thank You for making all things perfect at Your own time. Comfort, strengthen, encourage & establish us Father in Your grace. All creation rightfully gives You thanks Lord, be exulted forever more. Amen
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