Verse 18: "Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; So he who waits on his master will be honored."
A friend of mine used to work for the famous Cadbury Chocolate Company in England. He told me of the Cadbury Company’s policy that allows their employees to eat all the chocolate they want. The thought of all that chocolate passing by you on the assembly line would seem like torture, but not to them. If they want a piece, they can just reach out and grab one. It's their benefit for being an employee. I've heard that the old motto from the Blue Bell ice cream ads that say, "We eat all we can and we sell the rest", is actually true. Blue Bell employees are allowed to eat all the ice cream they want. The bible holds a similar perspective concerning special benefits. "For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward." (1 Timothy 5:18) The scripture used here justifies why the overseers of the church should be taken care of financially as they tend to the Lord's business. The literal reference was to an Old Testament law that forbad the muzzling of the ox that treads the corn. Some folks would put a muzzle over the mouth of the ox to prevent him from eating the crop, but the Lord ensured that the ox would be able to have all the Cadbury chocolate or Blue Bell ice cream he needed. Today's "gold nugget" tells of the benefit of being the dresser of the fig tree. He will eat of its fruit. We need to be reminded of who we serve, what He possesses and the benefits of being not just His servants, but His children. We have an amazing inheritance. ""10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness" (Psalm 50:10-12) If you have been worrying about your needs, be sure that it is an insult to your Father who provides your every need. Don’t' worry. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-8)
Lord, when I worry, I am not trusting in you. I repent of my lack of faith and purpose to stand bold in the confidence that you are the great provider, my Jehovah Jireh! Amen
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