“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
When the children of Israel went into Babylonian captivity the word of the Lord came to them through the prophet Jeremiah to build houses and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them (Jer.29:5). In other words they were to build and plant before they could eat.
Likewise, when their Fathers where in Egypt they too had to build house and plant vineyards before they could eat. But when they came out of Egypt to go into the land of promise God told them He was giving them a land that was filled with great and goodly cities, which they didn’t build and houses full of all good things which they didn’t fill and wells they didn’t dig, vineyards and olive trees which they didn’t plant (Num. 6:10-11). They could live in the houses, enjoy the good things and eat till they were full. In other words, they didn’t have to build or plant before they could eat.
God through Jesus Christ has placed us in a land where we no longer have to build or plant before we eat. He has done it all. He has build us houses, and planted us vineyards, and dugged wells for us to drink from, and all we have to do is eat and enjoy.
David said in Psalms 23:1 “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” I think sometimes we separate the first phrase from the second. We say the Lord is my Shepherd but the I shall not want part we leave to ourselves to fulfill. No my friends, it’s because the Lord is our Shepherd that we do not want. David also said “…there is no want to them that fear Him” (Psa. 34:9).
God has given us all things through Christ Jesus. It’s only when you are captive that you build and plant before you eat. Jesus has set us free. Eat and enjoy!