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the siren!

"He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty." Proverbs 28:19

This verse might not be as well known as another one with a similar address (Matthew 28:19), but this piece of God's wisdom contains both an encouraging promise and a sober warning.

If you faithfully work your "land" or literally the work which God has given for your provision, then He promises "abundant food" from that. This also reminds me of Jesus' encouragement in Luke 16:10A NLT, "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones."

The warning has to do with the natural temptation to overlook the basics and the potentially routine or mundane, and try to find the short-cut, the secret, the lottery ticket to success. But this, God says, holds only a promise of "poverty." Another Proverb puts it like this, "The perceptive find wisdom in their own front yard; fools look for it everywhere but right here." Proverbs 17:24 MES

Take some time this week to seek God for wisdom and strength to work the "land" He has placed before you. You might also think about this from different angles like like not only related to your occupation or work, but also related to your relationships and His kingdom.

Have a great week, and enjoy faithfully "working your land!"


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