Grounded and Growing in God’s Word

A few years ago the Department of Agriculture conducted a study. It revealed some interesting facts about what is needed to harvest a crop of 100 bushels of corn from one acre of land. It said that in addition to a farmer’s labor it required: 4 million pounds of water, 6800 pounds of oxygen, 5000 pounds of carbon, 160 pounds of nitrogen, 125 pounds of potassium, 75 pounds of sulfur and a variety of other elements. In addition, rain and sunshine were needed at the right times for the crop to be successful. The report concluded that only 5% of the produce on a farm is due to the efforts of the farmer. Farmers know this well, but do we?

We’re to thank God for all that he provides in order that our work efforts might be successful. We’re also to recognize that we’re a planting as well. “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3) The person who meditates regularly on God’s word so that He may follow it resembles that tree. The person is fruitful and worries not about the weather, and the changing circumstances of life. We’re to be, “…always giving thanks to God the Father, for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

When in 1945, estate appraiser George Owen had the privilege of buying a rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel he paid $3750 for the coin. There were only five of them minted, and he knew that the coin’s value would prove to be substantial. After George’s passing in 1962, appraisers determined that the nickel was not genuine, marking it of “no value.” It remained locked in a closet for many years.   Eventually the coin was inherited by George Owen’s nephew, Ryan Givens. In 2003 the other four 1913 Liberty Head nickels went on a display with a prize offered to anyone who could produce the fifth coin that remained missing. An optimistic Ryan Givens brought the nickel for appraisal and it was found to be the authentic coin. Eventually it was sold for 3.1 million dollars.[1] Like the rare 1913 nickel, the Bible’s value does not actually diminish due to the words of “experts.” The Bible is of such worth that its value cannot be calculated. “The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold.” (Psalm 19:9-10) But unlike the 1913 nickel, more than five of them exist. Bibles are available to us all. When we make a commitment to the Bible, it will change us, resulting in a life that God makes fruitful. What a change that will be!

Pastor Ken Atchison

 

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com

[1] Stovall Weems, The God-First Life, page 67

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