Beans, beets, and preservation

What does God have to do with putting up preserves? By explaining how fruits and vegetables can be saved for the long winter, I was trying to draw, for my Sunday School class, a correlation to God's care for us.

When I asked, "What are preserves put up for?" one of the students said, "So they won't spoil." It was such an obvious answer, yet I hadn't even considered that line of reasoning. I had been thinking only about future provision to meet an unforeseen need.

That afternoon I reread a passage from Psalms: "The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul" (121:7). This seemed to support my student's insight—that God preserves His children from evil, or in other words, from decaying or spoiling.

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Simple lessons
October 23, 2000

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