Friday, November 6, 2009

Rain in due season...reaching to the sowing time

Moving on to section three in the Thanksgiving Bible Lesson we read about God's promise to the children of Israel. He has lead them safely through the Red Sea, away from the slavery in Egypt, and reminds them of their part of the bargain. We are to 'walk in His statutes and keep His commandments'. We are to live a good life, loving God and loving our neighbor. We are to obey the Commandments.

In return, God says He will give us rain 'in due season', the 'land shall yield her increase', and the trees will 'yield their fruit.' So if you are not a farmer what does that have to do with everyday life? To me, seasonal rain means that what I need will appear when I need it, in the right time and in the right way. My life can be on an even keel without times of flood or drought, times of too much activity or too many unpaid bills, times when the supply seems to dry up or I am without inspiration or right activity.

The promise continues on with more good news. He says that 'your threshing shall reach unto the vintage and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time.' The wheat harvest will last you right up to the time the grapes are ready and what you harvest from that will last you right up until the you sow the next crop. Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest and that will overlap with the season for planting grain. No gaps, no shortages, no lack. All you need all year round. He promises that you shall 'eat your bread to the full.' This is being satisfied and reminds me of a phrase from one of Mrs. Eddy's poems: 'who doth His will, His likeness still, is satisfied.'

The promise ends with the assurance that you will 'dwell in your land safely.' That is no small thing in this day and age. It is a promise of security, the very best homeland security, because you are living in His kingdom. This promise is to all mankind, in every city, in every village all around the world.

I will surely be praying with these ideas today. They are reasons to feel grateful for all the good God, divine Love, is providing. They are promises and His promises are kept.

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