For some passages of the Bible it just helps to come from the farm!

On the farm

There is a wonderful verse in the Bible that makes this declaration… “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it!” (Proverbs 10:22) … I mean, can you imagine that! The unpolluted, undiluted, unadulterated, pure blessing of the Lord?! Wow! My soul longs for it!

Now, I am aware that many of us have grown up in an urban culture… The images and associations in our minds are urban and commercial in nature. It is a bit of a stretch for those individuals to process fully and understand imagery from an agrarian culture (an agriculturally based, rural context). As a result, there is a richness that is often missed in the Bible by those who have an urban, commercial orientation. I have sometimes joked with my students at the University that if they didn’t come from a farm background they were “culturally impoverished!” That’s a stretch. However, coming from a farm background will help with the following passage in the Bible… Psalm 144. If you’re from an urban cultural context, you may have to pause a bit and think about its significance for you. Either way, my recommendation is to read over these words… pause and reflect… and allow the significance, potency, and wonder of God’s blessing to capture your heart… Let me say it this way… regardless of your context: urban or rural – the blessing of the Lord enriches!

“May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares. Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD!” (Psalm 144:12–15 NLT)

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