July 16, 2018: SOAP #3147: Isaiah 25-28; Hebrews 13
Scripture: Isaiah (NIV) 28:24 When a farmer ploughs for planting, does he plough continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil? 25 When he has levelled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? 26 His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.
27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is a cartwheel rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick.
28 Grain must be ground to make bread; so, one does not go on threshing it forever. Though he drives the wheels of his threshing-cart over it, his horses do not grind it. 29 All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.
Observation: God in His Wisdom made the seeds different and, in His Wisdom, teaches the farmer how to properly harvest the seeds. Applying the differences insures a successful harvest.
Application: The Same God who gives the farmer wisdom in harvesting the various types of seed can give us wisdom for the hearts of people. Knowing what worked to reach one group of people, does not always work with another group. We need to spend time with the Lord of the Harvest for His wise counsel. He is “wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.” What worked in one city or village, may not be the key in another location.
The Lord is teaching me that ministering to senior citizens is much different from ministering to the youth. We need to ask God for specific keys for the hearts of our families and those to which he sends us.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, you are “wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.” Teach me, and those reading these SOAPs, how to specifically reach the individuals, and families, and nations to whom you have sent us. Give us the key for each heart, we pray. Amen
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