“He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.”
God is not a God of mediocrity, but He is a God who desires His children to produce and prosper. The verse above talks about having “plenty of bread,” which means that the believer doesn’t have to go without. In means even more than that; it means that you will have more than enough to provide for yourself and plenty to give to others.
Verse 20 reaffirms this truth when it says, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings…” God does not say that the faithful man shall have blessings, but that they shall “abound” with blessings. To abound means to have more than enough. To abound means to run over so that others can enjoy the blessings with you. In other words, God is saying that if you will do the process it takes to prosper, He will give you enough blessings to run over so you can be a blessing to others.
However, God never gives abundance as an entitlement. God doesn’t give “plenty of bread” without tilling the land. God doesn’t allow a man to “abound with blessings” without being faithful to do what it takes to get those blessings. In the day of entitlement in which we live, we expect God to give us these things, but God says there is a process that the believer must take to get these things. Let me show you this process.
First, it takes work. God says, “He that tilleth his land…” It takes hard work to till the land. Nobody has ever reaped a harvest without hard work. Likewise, you won’t receive God’s abundant blessings without hard work. It is a fantasy to think that you are going to be blessed by God without hard work. God blesses work, and you will never enjoy abundance in life without it.
Second, it takes faithfulness. Verse 20 says, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings…” Doing what you are supposed to do each day is the only way you are going to get to the destination of God’s abundant blessings. There are going to be days you will be tired or want to do other things, but if you want “plenty of bread” and abundant blessings, you have to work hard for the LORD when you want to do other things.
Third, it takes separation. Many things will pull you away from the work that it takes to experience the abundant blessings of God, but you must separate yourself from those things that will keep you from being faithful to your work. Verse 19 says, “…he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.” Those who get to the abundant blessings of God had to separate themselves from the crowd who didn’t want to work to get those blessings. You also have to separate yourself from those personal activities that will keep you from working. Nobody ever received God’s abundant blessings by playing, but they got there by separating from the activities and people who would prevent them from having those blessings.
Fourth, it takes patience. Verse 20 says, “he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” There are going to be plenty of times when you will want to quit because you will think that you are getting nowhere. My friend, be patient with the process. It takes time and patience to let the process work its way to God’s blessings; therefore, you must keep going when you want to quit.