Earlier this year, the LORD led me to a verse in Deuteronomy which I discussed in the post.
It was your own eyes that saw all these great things the LORD has done.
Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may live long in the land the LORD swore to your ancestors to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.
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. So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
The previous verses have spoken to me all year. I eagerly wait, seeking to observe the mighty hand of the LORD God Almighty upon the circumstances and people in my life. One of our sons has also been learning to wait and watch for what has been promised. He fully knows he is on the path His Creator has established for him, and knows the depth of Elohim's faithfulness. More than most of us, he is confident in His destiny since a "wee lad." Not that the journey has been a straight shot, free of obstacles and difficulties, "mountains and valleys," but a gradual processes of opportunities that flow in the right direction.
This year the Great I AM has been teaching our son to wait. Many circumstances have not occurred within our son's time line. He earnestly seeks the LORD, beseeching His provision, observing all the commands he has been given, desiring to know God's heart and will for his life, serving Him at every opportunity, yet is met with silence. He can see the destination point, but yet the Almighty requires him to wait.
As I pray for my son, the Perfect response comes from this year's Scripture:
The waiting is a time of strengthening, so my son may have all he needs to take possession of the future our LORD has prepared for him.
His future will require him to crossover into a different kind of lifestyle, unlike anything he has previously experience.
He will live long in a life blessed with milk and honey, not from his own efforts, like the vegetables planted and irrigated with his hands, but unique blessings from the Creator's hand.
God's provision will come in the Autumn then again in the Spring, Yahweh's showers will be all that is needed to satisfy his life.
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak." Luke 12:35-38 NIV
As our son waits for the LORD to fulfill each requirement, he prepares and readies himself for the next segment of his journey. In preparing for job interviews, we discussed potential interview questions, one such question was: What is a failure and a success that has shaped you? The answer came through his experience in waiting on the LORD. Our sons "failure" to meet deadlines and achieve expertise is not solely dependent on his own actions. He can be ready, well studied and skills practiced but the opportunity to have these skills tested is dependent on others, weather and equipment. By being well prepared, he has successfully passed exams when the opportunity is provided.
As children of the King of kings, we may have deadlines and goals we desire, but often we fail in reaching them. The world may view these occurrences as failures, but from a heavenly perspective these are necessary lessons to teach us to wait for the opportunities the King provides not ones we obtain on our own. As His children, our responsibility is to participate and cooperate with our Father's plans and timing, in this He receives the praise, and we learn to depend on Him for "milk and honey" and the rain to bring "grain, new wine and olive oil."
Holy Abba, Melek ha Olam, we praise you with thanksgiving for Your provision and grace. Listen, you heavens, and I will speak; hear, you earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He (Deuteronomy 32:1-4 NIV). Yahweh, please help us to continue to walk according to Your statutes and Your plans, so all will go well for us and Your name will be lifted high to the world around us. Amen