I have been a home gardener since I was a child–vegetables, fruit trees, flowers…you name it, I’ve tried growing it!
But I’m not a child any longer, so a few years ago, I decided to transform my small backyard lawn into a raised bed, natural food garden endeavor.
Natural Food —
Although the size of the vegetable garden is somewhat small, I still have to make time and effort to either grow something or… go to the store and buy the food, then prepare to cook it–to get gas, I must allocate time to make the effort to go to the station to fill of the car–to get clean, I must set aside the time and make the effort to have a shower each and every morning and my wife is thankful on all counts.
But somehow, we want to get God and His BLESSINGS on the fly without any daily effort or commitment of time on our part. And as a result, we get nothing and we find our spiritual condition begins to start wilting, goes limp and deteriorates, as lack of attention does to the produce in the garden–which it cannot help but do.
We will experience a loss of PEACE, a loss of JOY, and a loss of TRUST in God, and instead, we find increasing doubt, irritability, confusion, anger, criticism of others, worries.
We find ourselves making poor decisions and PRIDE begins to take over as weeds in a garden, which means a fall is on its way.
Also, we become totally unable to bear any spiritual fruit of living words into other people’s lives.
When all this happens, we are prone to complain a lot about where we find ourselves–and indirectly, we are complaining against God, which is music to the ears of our enemy.
All this because we wouldn’t invest adequate time and spiritual effort [work] to seek and find God, to be fed by Him with our essential, daily, spiritual food.
I am referring to the study and reflection on the Word of God; not casually reading a chapter a day in your bible–and that’s not wrong–but that’s not a full meal. It’s a ‘spiritual snack.’ And, a snack now and then is okay, but a steady diet of “snacks” won’t make you physically fit. See how long your physical body can be sustained on nothing but snacks each and every day!
The Word of God is the only spiritual nourishment that will sustain and grow our reborn spirits–the real us that will survive our natural bodies.
BLOG’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE – 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (naturally or spiritually).
The JOY of the Blessing and the necessity of DILIGENCE when it comes to connecting with God.
THE NECESSITY OF DILIGENCE–
According to the Oxford Universal Dictionary, DILIGENCE is…
“Careful attention, unremitting application, persistent endeavor.” A “diligent person” ids one who is “industrious, conscientious. thorough; not idle, not negligent, not lazy.”
God takes DILIGENCE seriously!
I love the writer of Hebrews words of explanation of due diligence–Hebrews 11:6:
 “And without faith it is impossible to please Good, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV)
Even more than our physical endeavors, God EXPECTS us to be spiritually diligent–spiritually fed!
That old belief that God will accept you “as you are” is simply not true.
God will not accept just anybody into His family–but only those who will respond to His calling and choose to diligently follow Him.
Psalm 77:6: “I call to remembrance my song in the night; with my heart I meditate and my spirit searches diligently:”
Proverbs 12:27: “…the diligent man gets precious possessions.”
To constantly find God requires constantly searching for Him with my heart and not quitting.
Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart (NIV).
1 Chronicles 28:9: “…If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him…” (AMP)
Acts 17:27: “…so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near” (MSG).
The earlier I SEEK Him and find Him, the sooner I will start my day with the JOY of Blessing of trust.
Psalm 63:1: “O GOD, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirst for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water (NIV).
Isaiah 26:9: “My soul yearns for You [O Lord] in the night, yes, my spirit within me seeks you earnestly…”
Hebrews 4:11: “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest…” (KJV).
Hebrews 4:11 (AMP): “Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest…”
HOW DO I DO THAT?
 “My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.  Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.
Consider all of these ACTION WORDS (attend, consent, submit…) God uses that all imply some effort on my part.
 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
If I’m hungry for God, I’ll always find Him and He will always feed me with Himself.
Jeremiah 15:16: “Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart…”
Isaiah 1:19: “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.”
Psalm 34:4: “I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me…”
Proverbs 27:7: “He who is satiated [with sensual pleasures] loathes and treads underfoot a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”
Psalm 37:3: “Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.”
Job 23:12: “I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”
THE HOLY SPIRIT, when guiding my spirit, always leads me to today’s necessary spiritual food.
There’s a big “IF” here.
IF… I give God adequate, quality time with due diligence in SEEKING Him with ALL my heart, by getting quiet in my thought life, by ceasing from all other activities, and by BELIEVING that, just as He promises, HEAR HIS VOICE–then I can expect to find Him and be fed.
John 16:13: “But when He, the Spirit of Truth *the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth)…”
Matthew 6:11: “Give us this day our daily bread…”
Father, by your Spirit, breathe life into your words–so giving us our daily spiritual bread.
John 16:15 – Jesus–who is the Word of God, speaking about the Holy Spirit, says…
“He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.”
I would love to hear from you in regards to your DILIGENCE to be fed, or the lack thereof, for the encouragement to others who read this blog. Leave your comments in the REPLY section.
Photos: Backyard Vegetable Garden by Mel Thompson; Google Image Search.
Commentary: Final Expectations Regarding Idleness in the Church (2 Thes. 3:6-18), by J. Hampton Keathley, III @ Bible.org
*The NIV Complete Concordance.
Bible Translations: Amplified Bible (AMP), except where noted.