A Generous Father

Centered, Day 3

By Jason Brown, from the book Centered: Trading Your Plans for a Life That Matters

Ever since First Fruits Farm began, anyone with any financial sense would look at our plans—plans we believe come straight from God—and then look at our bank accounts and say, “This doesn’t add up. How do you expect to [fill in the blank] with what you have?” 

My wife and I look at each other and say, “By God’s grace.” Our resources may be paltry, but we’re tied to a kingdom with un­limited wealth and to a generous Father. That doesn’t mean we squander what we have. We need to be good stewards of our resources. And yet those resources, no matter how well we manage them, seem never enough to do what God has asked us to do. 

But you know what? Everything we feel He’s asked us to do, and everything for which we’ve gone to Him in prayer, has come to pass. Everything.

When we needed two roosters, I offered up a simple prayer: “God, please help me find a couple of good roosters. Amen.” 

Not long after, on a trip into town, we found two roosters wandering along the side of the road.

We’ve seen plenty of wildlife on our way to and from town: dogs, cats, raccoons, deer, even snakes. But never, ever, had I seen a stray rooster, much less two. 

“God blesses you in some strange ways,” a friend said of those roosters. “You shouldn’t be surprised, seeing miracle after miracle.” 

Set foot on First Fruits Farm and you set foot on a miracle. Every rock, tree, and ripple of water, every squirrel and fish and bird, is a testament to God’s holy power. The nature around us is a declaration of God’s design. The fact that my family is able to enjoy that miracle—to walk through the fields, to gather chicken eggs, to pick fruit, to fish in the lake—is a witness of God’s generosity. 

We’re God’s children. And like any good fa­ther, our heavenly Father wants the best for us. He wants to shower us with love and blessings that fit in His greater pur­pose. 

What evidence in your circumstances are proof of God’s generosity in your life? How might those blessings reveal God’s purposes for you?  

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:9‭-‬11

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6

Centered: Trading Your Plans for a Life That Matters
By Jason Brown with Paul Asay / WaterBrook Press

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