Looks like it’s going to be a wet summer…
Really. It’s rained every single day this week. And if it’s not raining, I feel like it’s impossible to walk outside without being drenched by the humidity in the air. I don’t know how I’m supposed to become a bronze goddess in this weather. I have the seafood restaurant to keep me company during these “tropical storms,” but being around fish all day just makes me miss the beach! If any good is coming from this less than perfect summer weather, I have been able to spend a little time digging through some Scripture to figure out how to get spiritually drenched, because being locked out of my house during hurricane Andrea doesn’t really have the same effect.
I was recently directed to Deuteronomy 11, a passage in which the author is preaching to the Israelites about obeying the Lord’s laws. The first 7 verses are basically reminding the people of Israel of how freaking awesome God is, including how he “overwhelmed” the Egyptian army with the waters of the Red Sea (hellllllo, overwhelming water?).
Verse 8 starts off by saying, “you remember that? So obey!” And if they obey, according to verse 13, God is going to make it rain. Literally, he’s going to send this beautiful downpour that will supply these Israelites with all the grain, wine, and oil they will need. Sounds like my kind of party…He’s really promising to take care of them. His only warning is that they do not let their hearts get deceived and worship other gods, because God will close up the Heavens and the land will perish. Kind of makes obedience sound like a really desirable trait, if you ask me.
So I read that, what my friend sent me, and I am thinking, this is great for the Israelites to know but how the heck can I apply this to me? We aren’t necessarily bound by the Old Testament laws anymore. We don’t need to strive for perfection to please God because Jesus did that for us (can I get a hallelujah?!). But there’s got to be some way that this applies to all of us followers of Christ.
Maybe I am in this blessed land that the Lord speaks of already. He’s done the ultimate deed for us as believers; He’s given us his son Jesus. He’s led us into this hill and valleyed land that feeds off of His heavenly waters. Now God’s asking His children to follow Him and love Him and worship Him. Verse 13 says, “love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season…”. He promises to take care of His children if they simply obey and love him. That’s not too hard, right?
Then WHY, if you don’t mind me asking, IS MY LAND SO DRY RIGHT NOW? WHERE’S MY WATER, GOD?!
Here’s what my friend had to say; “we can’t continually delight in sin and expect blessing. That’s playing Him for a fool, trying to deceive him.”
What? Ouch. If I’m wanting God to make it rain, am I just going to sit in my dried up pool and wait? Or am I going to be doing some kind of rain dance? I always have enjoyed dancing, anyway. So this just gives me something else to ponder; what kind of sin do I need to dance out of my system? Where is my obedience? I don’t want to take God for a fool, I feel like that wouldn’t end very well for me.
So, today I’m challenging myself to search for my disobedience and fight that off (this should be fun). Oh, and I’m bringing my umbrella to work.