April 6, 2011
This morning, I woke up with this question from the Lord: “Would you like to share a farmer’s wisdom with others?” I feel it is more an admonishing word to me than to anyone else, nevertheless let me venture to share a few thoughts along this line.
Practically walk in the wisdom of the Lord will eventually require us to learn to be still and have Him sort out all kinds of concerns and desires of our own heart, explicit ones as well as implicit ones. Oftentimes, we are quick to embrace the grand and glorious promises of God, without fully considering the process or the necessary work required for their accomplishment. To an extreme, some of us constantly walk like a child, without ever being retrained or disciplined into the ways of the Lord. We are quick to be excited with visions of the future, rather than being content and thankful to partake the full blessings of the mana of the day. Yet, the discipline of our Father to us often time is not about whether we get hold of the hope or vision of things, eternal or temporal, but that we learn to stand firm and be faithful with the things He already entrusted to our care. This indeed requires a farmer’s wisdom. Reviewing this, I find myself often inadequate and in need of great improvement.
A Farmer’s wisdom is about the “administration of God’s grace”, or wise stewardship. Interestingly, it involves some very plain and simple things. It is about co-working with God in His seasons. To be about our Father’s business requires us to flow into the seasons He dictates to us. Just as He is the living God, we are to accommodate His living ways in the dispensation of His grace unto us through all seasons of life. It is such a simple yet profound truth if we indeed get hold it.
Now, the Lord moves His ark in the wilderness, then the people of Israelite will have to pack up their tents (include items in the tabernacle) to follow, each falls into the place designated to him or her. Now, the Lord settles His glory upon a certain place, then each has to pitch their tent again in the place allotted to them and proceeds to worship His in His tabernacle. When the Lord moves beyond the place called Kadesh-the final place of test, the people have to follow the king’s highway and never turned back, just as they girded their loins and hurried out of Egypt. Tarry or stay they will do, as in the places before the Jordan and after the Jordan, but they would never turn back. You see, in their time, God prepared a people with more than the right vision, but also with the right hearts. They are the good field for His holy seed yet to come, even as they are entering into the land of a promise given long before their very lives. But we have this Holy seed sown in our hearts if we hold onto the faith reaching out to us in the glorious word given to us by His Son, Jesus Christ, who is more than a promise, but the living reality and substance of a spiritual life in God.