Proverbs 5 10-5-20

Daily faithfulness: That’s what God asks of us. Even when we don’t understand, or feel like it, remain faithful to the task.

8 Now then, my children, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.

The old farmer sat on the porch with his grandson. The grandson asked him, “Grandpa, why do you read your Bible everyday? What’s the point of reading about people who lived so long ago?”
Grandpa replied, “Because these people walked with the LORD Jesus and were moved by His Spirit to write down what He said and did so that we can know Him, too.”
“But, how can knowing stories about Jesus then help us know Him now?” the grandson asked.
Grandpa answered, “The same Spirit that urged them to write those words moves in our hearts today.” He walked over to the edge of the porch and picked up a coal bucket. “If you really want to know what happens to us when we read His Word everyday and set our minds and hearts on following the LORD each day, then take this bucket down to the well, fill it up and bring it back up here to me.”
“Okay,” the grandson answered dubiously. He took the bucket and went to the well. He filled it and started back up the path to the porch, but the bucket had holes in the sides and the water leaked out. By the time he got to the porch, the bucket was empty.
“Grandpa, there are holes in this bucket! I’ll never get it up here to the porch full.”
“Nonsense. Try it again.” So the grandson marched down to the well and tried it again with the same result.
“This isn’t going to work, Grandpa.”
“Just one more time. Do it for me,” Grandpa said.
With a sigh, the grandson went down and filled the bucket. When he got back to the porch, he set the empty bucket down in front of his Grandpa and said, “See? I knew it was useless. The bucket is empty.”
Grandpa said, “Grandson, I didn’t tell you my goal. My goal wasn’t to have a full bucket of water delivered to my porch. My goal was to have the bucket rinsed of the coal residue that was in the bucket.”
The grandson’s eyebrows shot up in surprise.
“Also,” Grandpa continued, “if you’ll notice, there are flowers along the path, which you watered as you labored up the hill. Thank you.”
The grandson sat down beside his Grandfather and said, “So, what you’re telling me is that even though I don’t see progress, it’s still happening in my life when I read His Word everyday? And that I am still useful to Him even when I don’t realize it?”
“Yes. The point of Bible study and prayer is not so much to educate as it is to fellowship with our heavenly Father. That’s really what He wants. So, you just keep reading and following His instructions and when it’s all said and done, you will have been a good and faithful servant.”
“Thank you, Grandpa,” said the grandson. “I will.”
Grandpa smiled.*

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.” Matthew 25:21

I don’t know about you, but I live to hear those words.

Abba, may I remain faithful in the little things because I know that You are developing my character, and that out of my character will come the will and determination to do the right thing when times get tough. Keep me depending on You, LORD. I trust You implicitly. Amen.

*This story is not original. I just told it in my own words.

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