Saturday, February 2, 2008

Mountains and Valleys

"The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the LORD your God cares for: the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end."    Deuteronomy 11:10-12
Has the Lord ever taken you from one place to another and everything that you had ever known as being familiar, was now gone? Then you find yourself in a new place and everything is new. There are often seasons in our lives where God will move us from one situation to another, just as He did with the Israelites when He moved them from Egypt to the Promised Land. As the scripture says, the people were so used to growing their crops on the land without water. They had to plant their seed and irrigate it "by foot". What that tells me is that they had to use their own human efforts to bring water, in order for the seeds to grow. You see, in Egypt when the Israelites were slaves they lived in a place where they had to work and put great effort into the cultivation of their crops. This was going to change dramatically, for the Lord moved them away from the familiar and took them to the a place of mountains and valleys. Now, the Lord said that He was going to provide the rain and irrigation from the Heavens! The precious water would be provided for them now and they will not need to labor in the same way as they had before. The life of the Israelites would never be the same again, for their lives will now have mountains and valleys. The LORD promises them that He is always there and watching over them. God cares for them in this new season and the best part of this new journey is that He was continually with them. Will this new season be easy? No, change would be difficult for the Israelites, as change is also difficult for us. I learned from the changes in my own life, that when the Lord decides to move you from one place to another, He will take you, often times, to unfamiliar places and everything will be different. We are not to continue what we are doing in a different location, but we are to learn by the new location, on how to live.

Questions:What changes are you currently going through? What are you having to release from the old location and what are you having to learn in the new location in your life? Just know that your God cares for you and that His eyes are continually on you!
Link: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers 

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