“For the land you are about to enter and take over is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you planted your seed and made irrigation ditches with your foot as in a vegetable garden. Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain--a land that the Lord your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year!”
Do you ever feel like you strive SO hard, but nothing happens? I have been there many times, so that is why this passage caught my attention!
Moses compared farming in Egypt with that of the Promised Land. In Egypt they planted seed and made irrigation ditches with their feet to catch the few drops of rain for their vegetables. But in the land that GOD was giving them, instead of small gardens…there were hills and valleys with plenty of rain. Instead of THEM digging ditches for water, GOD sent the rain in each season. HE would make sure there was lush pastureland for their animals and the people would have all they wanted to eat.
Foot-made irrigation vs God-made irrigation…which will I choose? I can wear myself out digging ditches here and there, hoping for rain, or I can accept the offer God gave the Israelites. “If you carefully obey…and if you love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and soul…” then God would not just fill their little foot-plowed ditches, but He would irrigate the entire land! So, I can either…
Keep digging my own ditches and live with worn-out feet,
Or raise my hands in surrender and enjoy living under HIS reign/rain!