How Many Ways Can He Say I Love You?
“Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.” Deuteronomy 28:5-6 KJV
“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.” Deuteronomy 28:5-6 NKJV
“A blessing on your grain-basket and kneading-bowl. “A blessing on you when you go out, and a blessing on you when you come in.” Deuteronomy 28:5-6 Complete Jewish Bible
Hunger and want are not part of the believer’s life because God has promised us blessing in all every areas of our lives. Basket and store, grain basket and kneading bowl are images for the specific place of storage of the foods that will be used to prepare food, and the actual process of preparation and cooking (making bread and make meals in general). For the believer all these will be blessed. These images are also metaphors for daily sustenance and provisions as well as abundantly supplied storehouses of resources to tap into as needed at anytime.
Moreover, God has promised us blessing when we go out and blessing when we come in. Imagine it. Every time we step outside of our houses, our apartments or whatever places of dwelling we have, and every time we come in there are blessings being poured out on us. And we should not take that promise lightly, but live expectantly and in joyous anticipation for what God has already made available to us even before we make a move.
What’s the main message God is communicating to His people as He lays out the blessings of His covenant promise to them to be their God and they to be His people? He is saying to us all, “I love you! There is nothing you can do to change that." “I’m here for you all the time and forever, for whatever the need is in your life.” And “I will always be with you, to bless you, to provide for you, to lift you up and never, never ever to put you down or cause you harm in any way.”
He is our God and we are His people. Indeed, He is our Father and we are His children. And this is our privilege, our opportunity and our blessing to imitate Him in every way.
Be joyfully extravagant in blessing someone today, and see if our Father won’t outdo you in being joyfully extravagant in blessing you again and again. The secret of extravagant joyful blessing is that, as we do it we demonstrate God to the world. We open yet another avenue through which God, our Father, can get His love to the world.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7