Tuesday, June 24, 2008

06 24 08 God’s Math

“God supplies seed to the planter. He supplies bread for food. God will also supply and increase the amount of your seed. He will increase the results of your good works.”
(2 Corinthians 9:10 NIrV)

God’s ways are not our ways and His math is not our math. It doesn’t add up the way we think it should or the way we plan it. But the answers are far beyond what we could ever figure out!

Seeds are no good left in the packet or left to rot inside the fruit. They must be dried out, planted within the soil, left to die, and then with the miraculous hand of God, raised from the ground, rooted in the soil, only to bear more fruit and hundreds more seeds. God takes what is dead, what most people throw away, and brings forth a harvest of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Every farmer that plants a crop knows it’s God who brings the rains, supplies the sunshine, raises the seed, and yields the harvest. That same God allows floods, damaging wind, drought, insect damage, and other disasters. No one can figure Him out. It is by faith that the farmer plants, toils, and then waits for the harvest.

At times the harvest comes early and often. Other times the yield is weak and may take years to realize any increase or profit. But the work is worth it in the end!

“Then Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom who will not receive many times more in this age and in the age to come, eternal life.”
(Luke 18:29-30 NET)

Any work for God will be multiplied over the years. At times, it may not seem to be paying dividends now: all the hours, all the disappointments, all the ridicule and rejection, all the sacrifice. Faith is not about the now however, but about the then…the later…the eternal!

My pastor says a servant leader is measured by the battles, not necessarily the blessings. I am beginning to experience that! Well, the math did not add up for the battles of Moses, David, Gideon, Elijah, Hezekiah, Daniel and his friends, or even for Jesus. But in the end, GOD’S MATH won out. It always does.

We give, we work, and we walk in faith and by faith. Leave the math up to God! It’s too complicated to try to figure out!

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