22001 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
And self-control, the aesthetic; it’s nowhere to be found in Scripture. As a matter of fact the concept of the noble starving ones is a myth straight from the pits of hell. It has been a tool that has been used over the millennia to attempt to subvert and control people. If someone is starving by choice they are trying to manipulate God. If they re starving due to circumstance then they are victims perhaps of their own bad choices or the actions of others who are uncaring, indifferent, or just plain evil.
God has shown over and over again. That he That he is a God of abundance. Abraham, ever obedient increased his flocks, and his family. His son Isaac. Became the progenitor of a nation. Jacob’s children became the tribes of Israel. When they were in captivity in the land of Goshen, 430 years after the death of Jacob. The midwives delivered more babies, and healthier babies than the Egyptians. The writer of the Book of Genesis. And later, the Book of Exodus compared the fertility of the Hebrew wives to the teeming fish of the sea.
So what is it about self-control? It’s about what we do with the abundance that God gives us. Do we share? Do we care? Are we willing to sacrifice? That is a question that we have to ask ourselves each and every day. So. I enjoin you this Thanksgiving holiday season. To consider how, where, and in what manner of timing you will share the abundance that God has poured out upon you. Not least of all the miracle of the abundance of his grace and forgiveness.