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Date: July 15

Category: Sow and Reap

Psalm 128:2
"For you shall eat [the fruit] of the labor of your hands; happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) shall you be, and it shall be well with you."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiMany people long after all the nice things in life. They long after big houses, expensive cars, nice clothing, and lots of money. They often think that if they just win the lottery then their lives would be perfect. Things would be so much easier and they wouldn't have any problems. But that's not true. Lottery winners are people who received money without working. Because they didn't work for that money, they often don't know how to protect it. That's why most of them spend their fortune in a short period of time.

The best way to become wealthy is to accumulate it on your own, by working, saving, and investing. If you are wise with the little amount of money that you have now, then little by little that wealth will grow to become much, much more. It says here in verse 2a, "For you shall eat [the fruit] of the labor of your hands…" In other words, if your hands are not put to work, then you will not be able to enjoy the fruit of your labor because you have not put forth any labor. From the labor of your hands is what you will eat. Just as 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says, "For while we were yet with you, we gave you this rule and charge: If anyone will not work, neither let him eat." So if we are to eat and enjoy the fruit of our labor, then we have to put our hands to work.

If you are reaping something in your life and you don't like what you're reaping, there's no use in blaming others or the circumstance or even yourself. Directing the blame won't improve your situation. If you want to improve the situation, then you have to do something to improve it. If you don't like what you're reaping today, ask yourself what kind of seed you can sow today to reap something better tomorrow. Then sow that seed!

We have actually created many of the life situations that we live in. Our thoughts, our words and our actions are all seeds that we have planted, which have caused us to be where we are right now. So if we want to change our circumstances, then we have to start changing our seeds. We have to change the way we think, the words we say, and the things we do. Only then will our circumstances change. You and I are the creators of our own destinies.

So this passage says that you will eat from the labor of your hands. In other words, whatever your hands do will bring you a result. Whether or not the result is good will determine if you will enjoy the fruit of your labor. That's why it's important to always be working well because if you do, then will you reap something positive from that labor. If you get a pay cheque at the end of the week, it isn't because your boss just generously decided to write you a cheque. It's because you decided to go to work that week. If you get good marks in school, it isn't because your teacher just gave out free A's. It's because you studied hard and did your homework. If your marriage is successful, then it didn't just happen by itself. It's because you both worked hard to make your marriage successful.

But remember this: if you do nothing at all, then you will receive nothing. If you don't plant seeds, you won't reap anything back. Everything that happens in your life is because your hand was either put to work or it wasn't. But if you plan well, work well, and ask for divine assistance, then you will be successful in every area of your life.

Then we read in the second part of this verse, "happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) shall you be, and it shall be well with you." So when you work and are able to enjoy the fruit of your labor, then you will be happy, blessed, fortunate, and enviable. Not only that, but things will be well with you, meaning you will be satisfied with the goodness of God. But that satisfaction comes from your own labor. So today let's remember that for us to reap a positive result, first we must sow a positive seed. For us to eat from the fruit of our labor, first we must put our hands to labor. Everything we receive will come from something that our hands have done.

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