Isaiah 1:19 – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
Yesterday I attempted to lay one of the cornerstones for living a life of blessing and enjoying a fully blessed life. I believe it all begins when one truly believes what the Scriptures declares to be the will, purpose, and possibilities of God for one’s life. I have now recognized for many years in my life that people generally rise to the level of life they have been convinced is possible. Others rise even higher if they are surrounded by people who believe they can go higher. And those who reach the highest are the ones who believe it and trust God to help them rise to the level He has declared for them. I learn more every day of my life how I can live at that level. Yes, I want to succeed in life. Yes, I want to attain to true significance in life. And yes again, and most of all, I want to rise to the level of life that my heavenly Father has designed for and desires for me to live. And that, dear friend, is exceeding abundantly above all I can ask or even think according to the power that is at work in my life. The manifestation of that power in my life is determined by how well I accept and abide by our Text for Today. When I am “obedient,” I have chosen to walk in step with Father’s Word, and when I am “willing,” I have chosen to walk in step with Father’s distinct and determined will for my life. When both of those conditions are met, I will “eat the good of the land.”The Scriptures teach us that a man should eat of the labor of his hands (Psalm 128:20). So, if my labor is “willing and obedient,” then eating “the good of the land” should be the norm for my life. And if I “eat the good of the land,” then I am partaking of the fruit that arises from my “willing and obedient” action to and for my Father. The question then arises, “What am I sowing from which I shall reap?” After all, the Scriptures teach us that we shall reap what we sow. It’s that simple. And keep in mind that you not only reap “what you sow,” but you reap “after you sow,” and you reap “more than you sow.”
These are principal truths set forth in God’s Word, and they cannot fail. When you live a life commiserate with these truths, the result will be increase in what you sow. If you are sowing with a “willing and obedient” heart, you will “eat the good of the land.” Receive that truth, believe that truth, and act upon that truth daily.
Manna for Today – Isaiah 1; 3 John 2; Exodus 13:18; Exodus 15:13-18; Isaiah 48:21-22; Romans 8:14; Isaiah 55:11-13; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:8; 1 Peter 1:7