2 And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. 5 You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you. 6 “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.
As we prepare to go back to the new normal, after the lockdown, I sense a release in the Spirit of His blessing into my life. I don’t know if you feel it, but it is very strong for me. I look back to the eight weeks of my life and I identify with today’s scriptures completely.
I come out from the lockdown recognizing it is the place where
- we experience God’s love most specially
- we learn humility
- we truly make up our minds about our faith
- we understand that our lives are truly built on the word of God
- it becomes clear that God is really all you have.
I realize that beyond accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, there is the need for these to be clear in our hearts for our walk with God to be worth our while. Once we get here, then a season I have tagged ‘After the Trial’ sets in. It is a season of boundless abundance and blessings.
Sometimes the tough times are so tough we begin to lose sight of the fact that they will end. Even when the Lord tries to show us the way out, we tend to become comfortable in the place of affliction, probably because we experience Him more there. However, He never intended for it to be a permanent place. It is usually a temporary sojourn. His intention is that after the trial, He brings you into a good land.
What is a good land? It could mean different things to different people, but it is expected to make you experience the goodness of God in the land of the living. For the Israelites, the good land was
‘a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.’
Though ‘good land’ may mean different things to different people, one thing it guarantees is the praise chant from all of us. Our songs will change from dirges to praise songs that glorify and magnify the name of our God.
For me, I acknowledge that my seasons are changing. The Lord is bringing me into the good land He has prepared for me. Like I say all the time, He is not a respecter of persons. He has ‘good land’ thoughts for all of us. The entire trial is to bring us into that good place.
So embrace this new season. Especially if you have been in the hard place. It is time to move on. It is time to go into your ‘good land’ It is time for ‘after the trial’. The good place, the place of blessing. Don’t hesitate, don’t hold back, it is indeed God’s place for you. Ck