“Keep every command I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to cross into and possess the land you are to inherit, and so that you may live long in the land the Lord swore to your fathers to give them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey. For the land you are entering to possess is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and irrigated by hand as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are entering to possess is a land of mountains and valleys, watered by rain from the sky. It is a land the Lord your God cares for. He is always watching over it from beginning to the end of the year. If you carefully obey My commands I am giving you today, to love the Lord your God and worship Him with all your heart and all your soul, I will provide rain for your land in season, the early and late rains, and you will harvest your grain, new wine, and oil. I will provide grass in your fields for your livestock. You will eat and be satisfied. Be careful that you are not enticed to turn aside, worship, and bow down to other gods. Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you. He will close the sky, and there will be no rain; the land will not yield its produce, and you will perish quickly from the good land the Lord is giving you.”
We’re not in Egypt anymore! I think we tend to keep looking at this new life in the Lord with old mindsets. We forget that we are “made new”, we are “a new creation”, and we are in a new land as well. One we are not familiar with and must navigate with the Lord’s direction. In the scripture above I see that God clearly tells us this. We were used to doing everything ourselves in “Egypt” (our old life, old ways, old thinking), but now we are in a new land as heirs, by the Lord’s provision, and in this passage He says to us that what we need He will provide – in season. Being careful to not be gods in our own life (doing it all ourselves), or take up other gods lest we lose out and fall out of the good land we’ve been given and planted in. We are in a land of ups and downs (mountains/valleys) – he warned us, but it’s a fruitful land that God cares for personally!
“Love is the environment that everything grows in” Dr. John Polis
Clean Water – God’s love for us! In the scripture He tells us that rain will be given to us in season.
His overflowing, never-ending, deep, abiding love for us makes us clean, pours out of us toward others, brings life to us and multiplies/produces/grows.
• Ezekiel 17:8
It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid vine.’
• Ezekiel 36:25
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.
We, the seed, and/or the seeds God plants in us are planted in good soil, but also by abundant water – clean water so it will sprout and produce. The clean water removes the sin in our life, the idols we’ve raised, and anything that pollutes the environment of our hearts.
• Jeremiah 2:13
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
“have dug their own cisterns” – here we are acting like we’re back in Egypt, not looking to God for what He said He would provide. Old ways kicking in again! We must renew our minds to live the new life God’s given us. According to these verses, to have and hold on to the true living water of God is to have and to hold the Lord in relationship. Jesus said in John 4:11 and John 7:38 that He IS the Living Water, and all who believe in Him – this Living Water will flow out of their bellies; believing in Jesus/having Him in our heart, this clean water that lives to purify us will nourish us, every seed God plants in our life and then some! In John 7 it says that this clean water is Holy Spirit. He moves quietly inside us moving out the bad things, healing us, changing us, touching places that need God’s attention. Holy Spirit is why we start to bloom and grow and change!
In a word study I did in the Hebrew/Greek years ago the word water seemed to also point to God’s Love. When I think of God’s love I sometimes recall this awesome account:
Jason Upton was to sing at a church that was under a tornado warning, just as Jason and the band went up to start the service the leadership was saying they would have time for only one song and then they would have to evacuate to the shelter. As Jason began to sing, the Spirit moved him to sing “Tornado you’ve got to go, Tornado you’ve got to go – you’ve come to the water, you’ve come to the water that never runs dry, you’ve come to the water that’s too deep for you, the water’s too deep for you…the Love of the Father” the tornado dissipated and the service continued. The love of God is too deep for the enemy to penetrate.
“Fountain divine, flow through me” “Fountain of life, beautiful Christ, Flow through me” Fountain
of Spring, my Savior my King Flow through me”
Divinely pure water (love) is available to flow over us, out of God’s heart for us, from the Throne of Heaven. From the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the garden of Gethsemane – God shows His love for His children and His desire for relationship with us! When we love God, and we know (experience/feel) God’s love for us, the desire for sin vanishes, the old ways start withering and new ways start to bloom in our life. Transformation takes place, which enables God to plant even more seeds in our life!
Out of love comes Son Light! From Genesis to Revelation it’s all about God’s extreme love for us and desire to have relationship with us.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
[Dispute over Jesus’ Testimony] When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Living in the Son Light is fellowship/relationship! Living in vital union with Jesus and fellowshipping with other believers! Each child of God has a piece of the picture of God. The more pieces we see the better the image will become. Fellowshipping with Jesus can be worshipping with singing, dancing, or just bowing before Him in quietness or prayer; praying to Him throughout the day, talking to Him about a problem or just to talk. Our prayers are a sweet sweet fragrance to God. We fill His Sanctuary with the scent of millions of “flowers” when we, His children, pray. When He shines His face upon us we can’t help but bloom with joy!
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
The relationships we have with friends, family, and church family are important to our growth. As we know relationships can be difficult or rough to navigate, but those are actually opportunities to grow. Scripture says we are called to Love and that without love we are a clanging cymbol right? We learn to love in relationship. Love is in all and from love is all that I’ve been talking about with seeds. God’s love in Eden extends to us even now, it was present in Gethsemane with Jesus as He prayed, it was thinking of you when Jesus said “It is finished”, and it is with you right now. From the beginning God’s heart desires to love us and be loved by us.
As we cooperate in the soil, drink in the water, and face the Son we will bloom in season.
24 “‘“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’