Have you ever talked to a child who thinks that food comes from supermarkets? In our urban environment, it’s easy to forget the importance of the fields and harvest. During the time the Word of God came (by the Holy Spirit through God’s anointed servants), most people lived by growing crops. The Word of God is filled with references to agriculture and the process of sowing and reaping. This morning I was blessed as I thought about the truths from Psalm 85:10-13: “Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.” These verses remind me of two important truths. First, I need the righteousness that comes from above. Just as the fields and crops cannot grow fruit without the blessings of the sun and rain, I must receive God’s righteousness. His righteousness “looks down from the sky” (verse 11b). I am dependent on God and His blessing coming from above. The second truth from these verses is the importance of faithfulness. The one growing the crops expects a harvest. God does His part by providing the blessings from above. We do our part by being faithful. “Faithfulness springs up from the ground” (verse 11a). The fruit of our faithfulness blesses the heart of God and reveals to the world around us the glory of God. So, we can’t be righteous without the provision of God…and we need to respond to the gift of righteousness (which comes through faith in Jesus) by producing the fruit of righteousness in our daily life. What a beautiful way of life the Lord provides for us!
Pastor Mark Boucher