“And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase: Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.”
The year of jubilee was supposed to be a special year for the Jews. It was like a reset button for God to restore the inheritance of every person. One of the commands that God gave the people was that in the seventh year they were to allow the land to rest. This command brought question to the people when they said, “What shall we eat the seventh year?” God in His wisdom told them that He would bless their fruit in the sixth year so that they could have enough fruit to eat for three years. In these verses, God is teaching an important principle about blessings.
First, blessings are cyclical. In other words, you will have good and bad years. One of the mistakes many believers make is that they live in the years of blessings as if blessings will always abound. My friend, you are going to experience years of blessings, but you are also going to experience years of loss and famine. If you don’t want to set yourself up for bitterness and discouragement, you are going to have to realize that life is filled with blessing and famine.
Second, enjoy the years of blessings. Because you know that blessings will not always be there, enjoy the blessings that God gives you. The blessing of health should be enjoyed by using your years of health to serve God with vigor before the years of sickness come when you don’t have the strength to serve the LORD vigorously. The blessing of finances should be enjoyed, and it should cause you to lift up your voice in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD for His financial blessings. While you have the blessings of God, you need to enjoy them.
Third, the God that gives blessings is also very capable of supplying your need in the famine. Here is one of the most important principles that you learn so that you are kept from making foolish decisions in the years of famine. We often forget in the years of famine that God blessed us in the years of plenty. My friend, don’t fall into Satan’s trap of running from the land of blessing just because the land of blessing isn’t as plentiful as it used to be. God is an all-powerful God Who can supply your needs in the famine just like He blessed you in the years of plenty. You are going to have to trust God and His Word that He promises to supply all your need. God didn’t just say that He would supply your need in the years of plenty, but He promises to supply your need all the time. Trust the omnipotence of God, and realize He will take care of His own.
Fourth, don’t spend the blessings; instead, save them. One of the big purposes of blessings is to help you make it through the famine. God was going to bless the fruit of the land in the sixth year so that they could make it the next three years. However, they had to save the blessings in the sixth year to be able to make it for the next three years. Let me encourage you not to be wasteful of the blessings God gives. When God blesses you financially, He expects you to save those blessings to use in those years of famine. Let me also encourage you to remember how good God was to you in the years of blessings when you are experiencing years of heartache. If you learn to save and remember the blessings instead of spending them, you can make it through the years of famine with a good spirit and attitude.