Richard Sibbes: Conduit

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Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

“God’s children have these outward things with God Himself, they are conduits to convey His favor; and the same love that moved God to give us heaven and eternal happiness, also leads Him to give us our daily bread.”

Richard Sibbes in Divine Meditations and Holy Contemplations #6 (London: J. Buckland, 1875) 10.

I returned safely home from overseas and give thanks to God for a fruitful trip. Thanks for your prayers for me. Today  Sammy flies to Iowa to be with his fiancé, Emily as she graduates from Northwestern in Orange City on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Jenni and I are flying to San Diego tomorrow to celebrate two graduations from San Diego Christian College on Saturday, our daughter, Sophie, and her fiancé, Peter. Their wedding date is set for 20 January 2020.

They got great grades and received a handful of awards from the school, for which we are proud of them. More importantly, they served as generous conduits of God’s favor and love. We are so proud of them.

They live within their means. They trust God for daily bread. So much blessing flows through them that fellow students voted them the “power couple” of the year. Way to go Sophie and Peter! Faithful conduits!

We see “the same love” and generosity in Sammy and Emily. Their wedding date is set at 26 October 2019. Though their relationship has not lasted as long, their maturity has really blessed us. This will be a weekend of celebration.

Are you a loving conduit of God’s favor? Do you trust God for daily bread to enjoy and share? Or is your conduit clogged causing God’s blessings to stay with you? Do do the latter as it only leads to poverty!

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25