WHERE IS YOUR BARN?
“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
Many years back I was reading this portion of the Bible and two words seemed to stick out of it to me. I just couldn’t get past them. They were the words ‘barn’ and ‘vat’.
You see, Israel was an agrarian community, as such, many of Gods dealings and communication with them was drawn from the agricultural world.
When farmers harvested their crops, they separated those meant for immediate use, either to sell or consume. The rest was stored in barns for future consumption when the crop was out of season and some as well for the next planting season.
For liquid produce like wine and milk, they were stored in vats.
In ancient Israel, the happiest time of the year was the harvesting season. It’s akin to when salary earners receive the long awaited monthly pay. But as exciting as the harvest season was the guarantee of continuous joy and excitement was a barn.
In today’s world, barns and vats will represent your savings and investments.
What struck me in our text is that whilst we have stressed the first part which is the instruction, the second part is quite instructive too.
We should honor the Lord with our substance but one of the places God commands His blessing in return are our barns and vats.
In essence, if seeds are sown without barns and vats in place, there’s no place for the blessing to be commanded.
The sower must be taught to be a saver too. Every sower needs to have a barn.
In fact, Solomon made a very key statement along these lines in Proverbs 11:24, “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”
Note that what makes a man tend to poverty is to withhold more than is meet. As such he’s expected to withhold some but not more than is meet.
This is the balance that needs to be taught. The culture of savings is an important Kingdom Culture.
A good place to start is to save a certain percentage of any income that comes to you after sowing your seeds. For unexpected incomes, like gifts and pay raises, a higher percentage should be set aside.
Don’t forget however that honoring the lord with your substance comes before building barns and vats.
If you don’t have a savings culture, start one today.
Thank You Dear Heavenly Father for these precious words that have come to me today. Thank You Lord for teaching me to be a sower in Your Kingdom; As I continually sow, I also put into practise, the culture of saving, and investing. I begin to see the increase and blessings commanded on my savings and investments today and always, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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