Living Under The Cloud // Part 3
This weekend, we continue our study of “Living Under The Cloud” on living in times of uncertainty. Before we jump in, let’s remember that the Children of Israel were in Egypt for 430 years. 430 years will develop some familiarity. God delivered them through Moses and led them to leave everything they were familiar with behind. How do you live in times of uncertainty – when you have left all you knew behind and have no control over where you are going or what is happening?
We are on a journey as people – similar to the one the children of Israel embarked upon. God is using this journey to break some strongholds. The first stronghold being broken is that the familiar has become our security. The second is that we are deriving our purpose from what we do instead of who we are. Now today, we’ll address a third principle and stronghold: The Principle of Provision.
For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year. /// Deuteronomy 11:10-12 (NKJV)
Let’s talk about this for a moment and then relate it to us. The land of Egypt contained the Nile Delta. As the river moved closer to the sea – the lower elevations – it divided into several streams. The Nile Delta was very rich land. Growing crops there was easy because of the rich soil and abundant water. When God delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, He told them that the system of provision He was taking them to was different from the Egyptian system. The land God was taking them to depended upon the rain of heaven – a land that would be provisioned – not by a system – but by the hand of God Himself! Now, back to us. God is breaking from us a stronghold that has developed in us over time:
We have become a people whose goal is to have so much that we can make decisions about life according to what we have in our “barns”. If our “barns” are full, we are happy. If our “barns” are bare, we are fearful and our focus is upon whatever it takes to get our barns filled with plenty. We have been in the system of our own “Egypt” so long that we have forgotten that we have been brought out to live differently than the world. We have been brought out of Egypt – the land of bondage – to live by faith in God.
The life we live – our land of promise – is one of hills and valleys – it has some ups and downs but it is one which is dependent upon God’s provision not the system of the world. We act like we are going to starve and die if we have to abandon our barns to go on a journey with God. We forget that God’s eye is upon us and He is responsible for providing for His children as they follow Him to whatever end. This doesn’t mean we won’t have times of plenty or will never have savings, just that we are being reminded that we are a people whose purpose is to first and foremost follow the Lord our God wherever He leads and to be willing to live in a land of hills and valleys – to be willing and happy to live in a land where God’s provision is the order of the day. We at Capstone believe very much in prayer. But, more prayer for provision is not what we need right now. More faith that God is the provider is needed. More willingness to obey His promised land order of sowing and reaping is needed.
The time we are in is a reminder of what has been true all along: God is our provider. We follow Him to whatever end. His eye is upon those who are willing to live in kingdom order. Some are playing catch with God without a glove. You are throwing prayers and requests to Him for provision waiting for Him to throw provision back to you. But, He is holding on to the ball until you are equipped to receive. You must put on the glove of kingdom trust and order if you want Him to play along.
- Deuteronomy 11:10-12 (NKJV)
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