Scripture: verses 23-25
When you enter the land and plant various kinds of fruit trees, you are to regard its fruit as forbidden — for three years it will be forbidden to you and not eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, for praising Adonai. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit, so that it will produce even more for you; I am Adonai your God.
Observation: Leviticus has some weird rules, you know that? If you plant a tree, you have to wait five years to eat the fruit. Even longer if it takes a year or two to start producing fruit at all, I would imagine.
I’m not sure why God did this. It’s probably better for the tree or the land or both. It’s also an act of faith: giving the first fruits to God and trusting Him to make sure that the tree keeps producing in the future. It also encourages long-term thinking and planning, which generally leads people to make better decisions.
Happy Money says that we’re happier when we have to wait for things. Not while we’re waiting, obviously, but once everyone gets their treat the person who had to wait is significantly happier than the person who got what they wanted right away. Waiting isn’t a bad thing.
God wants us to put down roots. He wants us to settle down in Him, not harvest His blessings and move on. He wants us to take the time to make eye contact.
Those things take time, but God is the Master of Time in the first place. He knows whether we have enough time to talk to Him. He knows whether our plans and ministries and investments will bear fruit. We can afford to stop and spend time with Him instead of chasing after the wind.
Application: Spend time with God instead of worrying about the results you’re getting. Don’t rush the harvest.
Prayer: Father, thank you for having plans for me. I’m sorry I worry about results too much. Help me to stay focused on you and your provision. Amen.