Working the field Deuteronomy 32:3-4 Matthew 13:44-46 Luke 6:20-26

Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (NLT)
3 I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
how glorious is our God!
4 He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect.
Everything he does is just and fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong;
how just and upright he is!

Matthew 13:44-46 (NLT)
44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

Luke 6:20-26 (NLT)
20 Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,
“God blesses you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
21 God blesses you who are hungry now,
for you will be satisfied.
God blesses you who weep now,
for in due time you will laugh.

He is the Rock, everything he does is just, fair,and right. Blessed are the poor, the hungry, those who are struggling. The first sentence, when you think about it, doesn’t seem to support the second.

Everything He does is just fair and right and yet we have poor, hungry and struggling souls. We have sickness that take loved ones from us way too soon. We have addictions. We have broken families. We have lawlessness. We have hedonism. We have a broken world.

In His infinite wisdom, why does the bad stuff exist?

I wonder how many people walked past the field before the merchant stumbled upon the treasure it contained? Unless he was digging random holes in someone else’s field, part of the treasure must have been on the surface. Anyone could have seen it. Anyone could have had it. But to most people, it was just a field, probably not worth the work to plant it or someone would have been working it and found the treasure. The merchant looked, maybe he heard something about it. He took action.

So much of the world walks by the field of heaven and it apparently looks at it like it’s not worth the effort to work. They miss the treasure.

We will be satisfied. But it’ll happen later, not here. It’ll last forever, not just a little while. We have to work the field, we have to sell out, we have to make the effort, take the risk for eternity. He is the Rock and knows better than we do.

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