“He who supplies seed to the sower… will supply and increase your store of seed” 2 Cor 9: 10
A farmer would be proud of his produce. When he is harvesting, especially when the harvest is plenty, he has the right to be proud. He had worked hard by sowing the seed and tending the field with utmost care. Day after day he had toiled to remove the weeds and provide the right type of manure and exact amount of water needed for the growth. Now he has rightly earned his reward.
But Paul is pointing to another factor in the farmer’s success story: God.
What part he has played in this success story?
God is the source of this success. He provided the farmer with the seed he needed to bring out the product. Seed is the basic thing for the whole story of success. But which farmer remembers the seed and thanks God for it!
It is same with our success stories. We strive, toil and reap success. We are proud of our achievements. If anyone asks the secret of our success, we boast about the strategy we used, hours of hard work we put on the task, people who supported our work etc. When talking to a Christian we may even mention the name of God and use the phrase: “By the grace of God, I did it”.
But do we fully understand that God is the source of our success? Because he is the one who gave us the wisdom to do the task. He had given us the health, without which we would never be able to work. If we probe deeper, God is the one who put us in the right circumstances to be what we are today. If we had been born in another family, we would not have achieved what we have achieved today. If we had studied in another school, we would not have gained these experiences.
We should be thankful to God for these sources which he gave to build our successes on.
Moses reminds Israelites of God’s words in Deuteronomy 8: 18, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth”.