Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Provision For Blessing

A river watering the garden flowed from Eden (delight); from there it separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah where there is gold, (the gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are there also). Genesis 2:10-12

A name’s meaning can contain overlooked information. Pishon, the first river named in Eden means gusher and increase. It flowed in Havilah which means anguish and travail. Pishon ran through a land rich in natural resources. The bible states that Havilah didn’t have just gold, it had good gold along with other valuable assets. How ironic that a place of so much wealth was also known for anguish and travail. Why did God send a gusher of increase into an area that already contained more than enough?

Havilah had wealth but that didn’t automatically make life wonderful. Look around. Doesn’t this sound like our world today? Everything we need to live comfortably already exists. Why then do lack and poverty ruin so many lives?

Scripture tells us, “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” Proverbs 10:22. Pishon symbolizes the Word of God that is available to all. It transforms even the natural world it encounters. God’s idea of wealth distribution is very different from that which is proposed today. He does support giving but from the position of what’s mine is yours, not vice versa. Everyone is to share at their own discretion. Note I said everyone and not those deemed better off  which is an arbitrary method of measurement.

God’s blueprint for prosperity is based on the law of sowing and reaping. In order to receive, one must first give. With this mindset there’s no reason to hoard or be greedy. The key to obtaining more is generosity. This principle works for anyone who applies it. It is the secret from moving from little to much.

God didn’t institute charitable giving under the direction of any governmental agency. It doesn’t work. In the hands of individuals there’s no red tape and the impact is felt immediately.

God’s ways are counter-intuitive to ours and this produces the bottleneck. In order to truly prosper our thought processes much change. Anyone can adopt a giving attitude in the natural and achieve a measure of success that won’t have any eternal rewards. This only occurs when we accept God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus. We can renew our minds with His Word. God’s method of brainwashing will give our dirty old brains a good scrubbing. He’s made provision for the world’s needs but will we seek them out and use them wisely?

1 comment:

  1. So good... so rich... so insightful. May it be real in our lives in Jesus' name. Thank you.