Ecclesiastes talks about casting your bread upon the water, for thou shalt find if after many days. The idea being to give liberally to uncertain ground, because it may bring forth abundantly. Throughout my limited years gardening, I have found this to be true. Sometimes I think one piece of ground is going to yield a great crop, and it fizzles and doesn’t make at all. Other times I think a piece of ground is worthless, and it proves to be the richest producer that year.
Just for fun, I have been following the stock market through this volatile time. It amazes me how many stocks you think should do good, tank. Other times, stocks that appear to be failing, turn around, and prosper. Sometimes you just never know which will do well and which won’t.
One truth is consistently repeated throughout the Bible, regardless of return, you will never get anything reaped if you do not sow. It requires a certain level of faith to put a seed in the ground or some money on a stock… you really just don’t know what the outcome will be. You will never have gain if you never take risk though.
Jerusalem is under siege, and a very interesting thing happens to Jeremiah. His uncle Hanameel comes to him, and says he has a piece of property for sale. What a great time to be buying real estate, the city is under attack by the most powerful nation in the world! Jeremiah, it seems under directive of the Lord, purchases the land for 17 shekels of silver. It appears that Jeremiah paid full price for his uncles estate, but why?
If you read on, Jeremiah takes evidence of his purchase to Baruch, who recorded the information. Jeremiah makes a big deal about going through the legal channels to record the purchase so that everyone would know the transaction happened.
In verse 15, Jeremiah’s faith is revealed. He says, “For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.” The exile was going to happen, Jerusalem was going to be destroyed, Judgment had come. In the midst of this judgment, was the hope and promise that God would allow the land to be possessed again.
Though Jeremiah would not enjoy the land, the principle he set forth was that they would return to the land and reclaim the houses, fields, and vineyards one day.
I don’t know much about farming or investing, but I do know it requires a little faith, a little luck, and some risk. In God’s economy things work differently. Jeremiah acted on faith in God’s word that they would return to the land.
God has given us some exceeding and great promises in the Word, and it would be wise for us to “invest” and “plant” in these promises. To claim them, and live by them.
Today, take some time to recount the promises of God to you, and make a big deal to “record’ them so everyone knows you believe by faith God will come through on all His promises in your life.
Daily Scripture Reading
“For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.”