Rather than write my usual through the bible survey in II Samuel, I decided to write about the blessing of rural American living. Recently I went to the Benton County Fair to watch the 4-H hog show and the Country Ham Auction. I enjoyed it so thoroughly I decided to write about rural living. I may appreciate rural living more because I spent my first 37 years in city living.
The bible says in Isaiah 5:8, “Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the earth.” City living has some conveniences, but there’s a trade off of difficulty in meditating on God and recognizing His wonderful creation. The folks in the city tend to be more liberal minded and dependent on government, instead of God and tier own individual hard, honorable labor.
Deuteronomy 11:21 talks of a family studying the word of God and living a God fearing life. It goes on to say, “That your days may be as the days of heaven on earth.” We say a little heaven on earth. Compared to city living, that’s what I call country living! Anyway, the pig show was a time of mostly local, God fearing people coming together to fellowship around helping children learn the benefits and rewards of hard work. It was a really wholesome time. I kind of thought it was a little “Trump America” night (If I may say that without being too offensive to a few). By that I mean that I saw family, patriotism, respect, work-sort of old America. I enjoyed it. If you live in a quiet, rural, God fearing place- thank God.
God bless you.