Conserve God’s Precious Resources
The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
This verse has always reminded me of bird hunting in Mexico. We always brought home dove or duck, but we rarely brought back any quail. They were so precious to us and so good to eat that we would clean them in the field, stuff them with tomato and onion, wrap them in tinfoil, and throw them on the hot coals of the fire. Soon there was a feast fit for a king.
The lazy man here has enough energy to go hunting. It’s his attitude that is atrocious. He doesn’t hunt for food. Maybe he just goes out to be with the boys and have a good time. Whatever his reason, he leaves God’s resource to rot on the ground.
God’s “common”* grace has bestowed upon humankind many vital and precious resources. Unfortunately, many have done their best to exploit and destroy them. God gave us authority over the earth, but that authority carries with it responsibility. If we are truly God’s servants we will conserve His precious resources.
*NOTE: God’s common grace isn’t common in the way we usually use that term. Distinguished from God’s saving grace, it simply means that God gives the rain to both the righteous and the unrighteous – to everyone on earth. (Matthew 5:43-45)
Esau. Here is a man who loved to hunt and who prized his kill. But there was a more substantive gift which he cared less about: his birthright as the first born son of the patriarch Isaac. He was a godless man who sold his precious birthright for a bowl of red stew (Genesis 25:29-33; 27:30-36; Hebrews 12:16-17).
The Egyptians. Warned by God through Joseph, the Egyptians conserved the first seven years of harvests. By the time the famine arrived, they were ready for it (Genesis 41:1-57).
The manna. God sent the Israelites manna each morning. On the sixth day, they would collect enough for two days, so that on their Sabbath day, they wouldn’t have to work in gathering it. By the manna, God taught His people to trust in His provision, and to follow His orders precisely (Exodus 16:22-23).
Prayer of Application
Dear Lord, we are often a wasteful people, and consume more than we ought. Help me to see areas in my life where I can be more diligent in conserving the gifts You so graciously give.
Copyright 2015 – Robert C. Beasley