How I wish you could be here with me this morning! It truly is a Spectacular Sunday. The Land of Making Do is ablaze with fully dried golden corn – except the part that has been harvested..
Glory to God in the highest!
You may have noticed at a distance in the picture above, they were just beginning to harvest our corn at the time I took that picture. The purr of combines running near and far has been all around us for several days.
It’s no secret that I love Fall. Now that we live in The Land of Making Do, I love it even more. Never before have I watched crops grow right out my front door – daily concerned about rain. Too much rain…too little rain… it never seems to be the right amount of rain – from a human standpoint.
Every year, I get concerned during our summer drought. We have several weeks, every summer, with little to no rain, and I fear there’s no way the crops will survive. We pray for the plants to flourish so our farming friend who leases our land can provide for his family. We pay close attention to the weather, as if we can control it.
God knows exactly how much rain the crops need, and He provides enough rain on our acreage to yield a good harvest. Every year. We are thankful for that. We praise Him for that.
Leviticus 26:4 is God’s promise – but there is an “if” that comes in verse 3.
If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you the seasonal rains. The land will then yield its crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit. Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land.
Leviticus 26:3-5 (NLT)
We understand it better after reading the verses before and after verse 4. For full context, it helps to read several verses – or even better, the full chapter.
The promise to send the seasonal rains is conditional. Is God’s love conditional? No, but his promise speaks of a condition of our hearts. If our hearts are turned to Him, we will receive the blessing.
Later in the chapter, in verse 16b, we read of consequences for rejecting God. “You will plant your crops in vain because your enemies will eat them.” When we reject God, He removes the blessing. From God’s standpoint, we’ve chosen to go our own way, so why do we need Him?
In our culture today, are we receiving the blessing?
Have we turned our hearts away from God?
Are we willing to live with the consequences?