Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bring Your First Fruits

Deuteronomy 26:2,10-11 - ...you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. ...and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me. Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God. So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the LORD your God has given to you and your house...

You never know what you will see when you read scripture but you can know you will see something that touches your spirit, is a reminder or even something new. The same scripture read year after year can actually bring new revelation each time it is read. This is how amazing God's Word is. 

So, I'm reading the above scriptures early the other morning and wondering about all the old and sometimes seemingly questionable Old Testament laws. We don't have many of these laws anymore, at least not in the same form.

But these verses above popped out. They were like precursors to God's command for us today to seek Him early in the morning. Give Him your first moments, your first thoughts, your first praise. Bring Him your first fruits...so you can rejoice in every good thing He has given you. 

There really isn't much more to add to this. Although I'm sure I'll find something! Starting out a day with the Lord can bring order to your day. It can settle an unsettled spirit. It can bring clarity of mind, encouragement, admonishment. It sets the course of the day.

If you have been saved by this Almighty God and you are thankful for His grace and mercy on your life, don't forget it. Thank Him daily for it. He has taken you out of the old sinful life and planted you in a new land which He has given you.

If you have not met this Almighty God, He's always available and always willing to meet with you. You don't need to be a drug addict, alcoholic, into pornography or a murderer, thief or deceiver. I never considered myself one of these (although later realized in a way I may have been some). I was angry, unhappy and at my wit's end. I needed help and He reached out and I took hold of His hand.

When one is grateful that no psychologist or therapist, self-help book, organized meeting or pills has been necessary to change an attitude or way of life, we should be willing to meet for a time each day with the One who has made the changes. I did some of those once. Now my self-help book is the Word of God. It truly is a comfort to my soul.

Psalm 63:1 - O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.