• William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 9, 2021

Daily Reading: Leviticus 24-25

Leviticus 25:21

Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.

Every detail. That is what the Lord takes care of. He takes care of every detail of everything. In this portion of Scripture the Lord is commanding that Israel allow the land to rest on every seventh year. Six years the crop is to be grown; in the seventh year no crops are to be planted. Then in the fiftieth year, the year of Jubilee, there is to be another significant time of restitution, rest, and return.

Let's say a person grows tomatoes. From the tomatoes they make their living, everything depends on the tomatoes. Now, the Lord says to that person, "Every seventh year you are not to sow or harvest any tomatoes from your fields." That person would naturally ask, "How will I make a living?" It would be like a manufacturer of tires being told that every seventh year their factory would have to be closed, no marketing efforts that year, no sales that year, nothing. Just rest. How could a business, no matter how big or small, survive? No doubt this is the same question that the Israelites had, "How will we live?" After all, a year is a long time.

But God already planned for every detail. The Lord promises Israel that He will allow such a bumper crop on the "sixth year" that the excess they had would carry them through for three years. He would command his blessings upon them in the sixth year. In the seventh year they would have enough, and then in the eight year, as the plants were sown, being tended to, and waiting to be harvested at the end of the year they would live off the excess of the sixth year. Notice something here. God provided the need before it was needed, and it was up to the people to manage the excess in such a way as to carry them through.

Many today, when excess comes, they splurge. They utilize all their excess so that when days of scarcity come they have nothing to carry them through. This is the lesson of the sixth-year excess for us today. Manage things properly. Look to the future and plan for scarcity. But in all things, trust God. For after all, He will take care of every detail.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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