Bee hatch

Count your chickens before they hatch

“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

Is it sound advice or a declaration of infidelity that keeps us from basking in the promise of our Heavenly Father?

For faith is the evidence of things unseen, we see an egg, and then we know there’s a promise of a hen inside. And yet we’ve come to such a society of pessimism that tells us to expect the worst and if something good happens that’s good, when the Bible attests otherwise.

Faith tells us to believe before we see the natural result. We are directed to sow the seed of faith; certainly sometimes our seed falls on barren ground, but it also falls on fertile ground, then isn’t the labor of sowing the seed of value simply because some part has not grown? Of course not. We have done what the Father commanded and we walk expecting the goodness of the Father, rather than the plotting of the enemy.

The way I see it, I have to believe that the chicken will grow inside the egg, because it is only by Heavenly Father’s blessing that I have the egg to begin with. As it says in Matthew 7:9, “Does a parent give his child a stone instead of bread, or a snake instead of fish? Of course not.” And so, when we are given a blessing, we have to start seeing it as a blessing, instead of something just waiting to be nothing.

I once lived a life always waiting for the other shoe to drop, waiting for my mistakes to push me over the edge, expecting the worst because I didn’t believe I deserved the best.

Truly we don’t deserve the best, yet the word says that whatever belongs to the Father belongs to His son, we walk in the authority and inheritance of God, and so we know then what is ours. This leaves us the choice to believe the lie that says we cannot rely on God’s promises, or we can choose to walk in faith and believe His word to be true.

As for me, I chose to count my chickens before they hatched, because it was a gift from my Father.

Justin Gardner pastors at River of Life Fellowship, 702 Church St., Sandpoint. The church can be reached at 208-255-7111.