Oct 03

Rain from heaven

Tag: UncategorizedRLW3 @ 1:18 pm

For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven,            Deuteronomy 11:10-11

Frequently, when we hear that God wants to bring each of us into our own “Promised Land”, our carnal minds tend to interpret it as abundant wealth and a life of ease.

In Egypt, Israel watered their land “by foot”. In the wilderness, they drank water miraculously from the rock. But the Promised Land “drinks water from the rain of heaven”. How can our hearts read this and be anything but thrilled! God will take care of me! My life will be easier!

However, there is a real, practical “cost” that accompanies this blessing. We fail to hear that the “Promised Land” is a land of greater dependence on God, not less. In the “Promised Land”, they had to wait on God to provide rain for their land. Can He be trusted?

If He doesn’t send rain, then our crops will die. If the crops die, we will have no food. If we have no food, then we will either die of starvation or must make ourselves someone else’s servant. Fear presses me to return to the ways of Egypt and fend for myself.

Waiting on God is one of the most difficult things that God asks me to do. Will He come through or will He just show me where I have been wrong? My heart struggles to trust Him. It cuts against the Adamic habit of my heart to take care of myself.

Oh, I believe that He is good. If you were to tell me the difficulty that you face, the Scriptures would freely flow from my mouth with conviction to encourage your heart to trust Him. Oh, I know that God is good!

However, my heart struggles to believe that the same God will be good to ME!

God knows my weakness. Therefore, He carefully leads me step by step to places where I must trust Him…

and then He makes me wait!

One Response to “Rain from heaven”

  1. Rosie says:

    Ugh. Waiting for rain. I know. I know. That’s the lesson.

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