Thought for Thursday

They that dwell under His shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine. The scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. Hosea 14:7

As a boy, I used to go out to the corn patch when the tiny green shoots would emerge from the ground, to throw stones at the crows and blackbirds that would gather. The seeds had been planted a couple of weeks earlier, but the birds had no idea that they were there. Once the rain and sun began their work on those dead-looking seeds, they would begin to grow and push the tiny blades of life above the surface of the ground. That was the signal for the birds to come and have a feast, and no scarecrow that we ever made could keep them away. To the birds, those green blades meant an illicit feast. To us, they were proof that the seed was alive, and they were the promise of a harvest in a few months. A Christian’s testimony is like that corn: proof of life and promise of a reward.

A bag of corn seed looks rather dead. It can sit on a shelf for years, with no evidence of life. It’s like you and I were before God came in and saved us. Like a seed germinating in good soil, we began to show evidence that God had worked His miracle in our lives. One of those proofs of divine life is the attacks of the devil, just as the attacks by the crows are proof that corn is starting to grow. The devil doesn’t care what happens to unbelievers, but he hates to see God receive the glory from a believer’s life. So he throws his fiery darts of doubts, cares, and temptations at us. We don’t like to be attacked by the enemy, but it’s a good sign that we are alive to God and are beginning to grow in grace.

Most corn seed that I have seen is yellow. It looks nothing like the bright green of the new plants when they emerge. A radical difference in appearance also marks a sinner who trusts Christ. Old clothing and trinkets, old companions, old habits and desires, these all drop away when God brings into a believer’s heart the desire to please the Lord. Time spent at entertainment venues becomes time spent in sweet fellowship with the Lord’s people. Selfish desires and ambitions are replaced with a yearning to know and do the will of God, and to be involved in the furtherance of the Gospel.

Dwelling under the shadow of the Lord revives us just like a new corn crop. We can thank Him today for bringing us forth from death to make our lives fruitful and beautiful for Him. -Jim MacIntosh

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