Jeremiah 29:5 Gardening, By Faith

Jeremiah 29:5 Gardening By Faith

5 Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit.”

Jeremiah 29:5

Do you grow anything?

What I mean is, with all the resources God has provided you, and the dwelling space He has trusted you with, do you use those blessings to grow your own food, or do you rely on others to feed you?

These days, I grow basil and tomatoes, staple ingredients I use in my Neapolitan pizza, which I eat pretty much every night.

I eat pizza on most night because it’s easy to make, and using fresh ingredients, a fun and healthy meal shared with family and friends.

Back on the farm in Brookwville, I used to grow a lot more than basil and tomatoes. I has a solar powered aquaponic system that not only gave us fresh produce, but also Talapia and Blue Gill fish.

I also has goats and a cow that gave us fresh milk every single day, and of course, I had hens that gave my family and our neighbors fresh eggs.

I grew citrus, Moringa, ginger, sweet potatoes, melon, peppers, pineapples, zuchinnni, and much more. I even planted banana and oilve trees.

So this week, as I transplanted and gifted basil to a friend, I was inspired to write about gardening and led to Jeremiah 29:5, where I found a profound invitation to cultivate gardens of hope and abundance, even in the midst of challenging circumstances.

Today, let’s explore the timeless wisdom of this verse and uncover the spiritual lessons we can glean from the act of gardening and growing our own food.

I. Embracing a Season of Planting:
Jeremiah’s message to the exiled Israelites encourages them to settle down, build homes, and plant gardens – actions that signify a commitment to thriving in their new environment despite the adversity they face. Similarly, in our own lives, there are seasons of planting and growth that require patience, perseverance, and faith. By embracing these seasons with open hearts and hands, we position ourselves to reap a harvest of blessings in due time.

II. Nurturing Seeds of Faith:
Just as a gardener tends to seeds with care and attention, we are called to nurture the seeds of faith planted within us. Through prayer, study of scripture, and fellowship with fellow believers, we cultivate an environment where our faith can take root and flourish. Like tender seedlings, our faith requires nourishment, sunlight, and protection from weeds of doubt and despair.

III. The Harvest of Generosity:
Gardening teaches us the importance of stewardship and generosity. As we reap the fruits of our labor, we are reminded of the abundance that God provides and the privilege we have to share that abundance with others. Whether through sharing surplus produce with neighbors in need or supporting community gardens and food banks, we have the opportunity to be channels of God’s love and provision to those around us.

IV. Connecting with God’s Creation:
Gardening offers us a tangible connection to God’s creation and a deeper appreciation for the rhythms of life. As we dig our hands into the soil, plant seeds, and witness the miracle of growth, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness and the beauty of His handiwork. In the midst of a fast-paced, technology-driven world, gardening invites us to slow down, savor the present moment, and marvel at the wonder of God’s creation.

V. Cultivating Gardens of the Heart:
Ultimately, gardening is not just about cultivating physical gardens but also about tending to the gardens of our hearts. Just as we weed, water, and prune our gardens to promote growth, we must also examine our hearts and root out anything that hinders our spiritual growth. By surrendering to the gentle work of the Holy Spirit, we allow God to cultivate in us the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

As we reflect on the wisdom of Jeremiah 29:5, let’s embrace the call to cultivate gardens of hope and abundance in our lives. Whether through physical gardening or the cultivation of our spiritual lives, may we be faithful stewards of the seeds entrusted to us, trusting in God’s provision and grace.

Were you able to glean and grow from this message so God can be further glorified and His Kingdom magnified? If so, I would love to hear from you. Follow this link to get in touch… Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your presence in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom bestowed upon Jeremiah,
And we ask you Lord to help us find joy in your perfect plan.

Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through your Word, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by the truth as we spread the good news to one and all,
And lead the lost to You.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us,
To bless our lives and fill us with hope.
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and our place with you in Heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done, here on Earth and through the vast Universe,
May our hearts be filled with your everlasting love and grace.
Praises to You God, Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre

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Daniel St.Pierre

Daniel St.Pierre is a born again child of God. A Canadian immigrant to the United States, Daniel considers himself "blessed to be a blessing" as the ministry he leads continues to reach thousands of souls each month, on a global scale since 2003.