But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot out your branches, and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they shall soon come home. See now, I am for you; I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.
✙ Ezekiel 36:8-9
✙Joy is a fruit that will not grow
in nature’s barren soil;
all we can boast, till Christ we know,
is vanity and toil.
But where the Lord has planted grace;
and made his glories known;
there fruits of heavenly joy and peace
are found, and there alone.
A bleeding Savior seen by faith,
a sense of pardoning love;
a hope that triumphs over death,
give joys like those above.
To take a glimpse within the veil,
to know that God is mine;
are springs of joy that never fail,
These are the joys which satisfy,
and sanctify the mind;
which make the spirit mount on high,
and leave the world behind.
No more, believers, mourn your lot,
But if you are the Lord’s;
Resign to them that know him not,
Such joys as earth affords.
✙ John Newton (1779)✙
For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
✙ Matthew 20:1
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Break the soil of my heart, Lord, that it may be open to receive the seeds of your grace.✙
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