THE LORD’S BLESSING ON OUR BASKET
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store [Deut 28:5]
Obedience brings a blessing on all the provisions which our industry earns for us. That which comes in and goes out at once, like fruit in the basket which is for immediate use, shall be blessed; and that which is laid by with us for a longer season shall equally receive a blessing. Perhaps ours is a hand basket portion. We have a little for breakfast, and a scanty bite for dinner in a basket when we go out to our work in the morning. This is well, for the blessing of God is promised to the basket. If we live from hand to mouth, getting each day’s supply in the day, we are as well off as Israel; for when the Lord entertained His favoured people He only gave them a day’s manna at a time.
What more did they need? What more do we need? But if we have a store, how much we need the Lord to bless it! For there is the care of getting, the care of keeping, the care of managing, the care of using; and, unless the Lord bless it, these cares will eat into our hearts, till our goods become our gods, and our cares prove cankers. O Lord, bless our substance. Enable us to use it for Thy glory. Help us to keep worldly things in their proper places, and never may our savings endanger the saving of our souls.
“Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny Thee, and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” [Prov 30:8,9] Amen!