by: FCC Staff
"There will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls."
We’ve discussed that this section of Proverbs 27:24-27 is all predicated on verse 23, preceding, "Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds”. It then builds through verse 24 as a caution, "for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?" Transitioning with verse 25, “When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,” with a hopeful promise rewarding our due diligence in verse 26, "the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field,” which brings us to our thoughts for today.
Not only are you rewarded with an ongoing supply of clothing for yourself and others, an ongoing supply of livestock to sell to expand your land, but of course we can’t forget about highly nutritious and versatile milk products for the family and all your household, and we don’t want to forget about the beauty products for the girls.
The benefits of maintaining diligent, nurturing care of those in your care cannot be overstated. It is foundational. If you neglect the maintenance of anything it will fall apart, i.e., a house, a yard, a vehicle. Neglecting our foundational relationship, beginning with our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, means we are already fallen/condemned (John 3:18), and we will fall all the way to Hell in the end. We must address that foundational structure first. All else is an eternally distant second.
We do that by believing that the one true God loved us so much that he sent his One and only Son to shed his sinless blood for sinners (John 3:16) and by recognizing that we are all sinners in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23/6:23). There is no other means of salvation except through the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12). You must turn from trusting in any other means of salvation through repentance and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, being identified by God in the death/burial/resurrection of his Son (Romans 6:1-4), and by receiving the gift of the Holy Spirt (Acts 2:38), empowered to live a new life.
After that our closest interpersonal relationships must be addressed with reconciliation as the goal. First, their reconciliation with God through Christ as sinners needing a Savior, and our reconciliation with them through love and forgiveness (2 Corinthians 5:20).
With our foundation with Christ secured, we, like Peter (once his relationship with Jesus had been restored), hear simply from Jesus, “feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-19) He didn’t tell him what to feed them, he didn’t have to. With the relationship restored the Holy Spirit takes care of that. Part of our foundational care is a diligent, ongoing study of the Word of God. This is where He speaks—in and through us and provides all we need to “feed his sheep.” As Jesus said, "The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." (John 14:26) And for those thirsty for the things of God, Jesus promises, "Whoever believes in me…Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38). In other words, "There will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls."
Prayer for today: Heavenly Father, as I walk today in faith, not fear, may I trust that as I boldly speak in your name, Living Water will flow in and through me and the Good Food of your Word will be readily available on my tongue as I open my mouth, trusting you to give me the words to speak in just the right way, at just the right time. Let this be so in Jesus' name. Amen!