And if you say, “What shall we eat in the seventh year, since we shall not sow nor gather in our produce?” Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years.
As I read this verse in Leviticus, I saw something that I had not seen before. Notice, it says…“and it will bring forth produce enough for three years.
If you do the math, unless I am missing something, they would have only needed two years of food. In fact, vs 22 tells us as much. So, what was the third year for? I would suggest, ‘just because’. Just because what? Just because the Lord loves us and loves to bless His children.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
How good the Lord is to us, to always go above and beyond what we deserve or should expect. This should serve as a constant reminder of His ever watchful care over our lives.
However, there is one word of caution in embracing the abundance of the Lord. We must guard ourselves from having unhealthy expectations of what the Lord will provide, as if somehow we deserve it.
I just read in Tozer’s, Pursuit of God, the following quote;
“But sin has introduced complications and has made those very gifts of God a potential source of ruin to the soul. Our woes began when God was forced out of His central shrine and “things” were allowed to enter. Within the human heart “things” have taken over.”
May the Lord help us to keep things, even the things He provides for us, in the proper perspective and place in our hearts.