“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.” (Deuteronomy 8:7-8)
I came across this verse a few weeks ago. I was off work with a viral infection. There used to be a time when colds lasted three days. On the third day I would rise from the sick bed, get dressed and go back to work. There was always a residue – a sniffley nose, perhaps, or a bit of a gravelly voice, but I could function. These days I seem to take a little longer to bounce back.
I remember reading this verse and thinking it was so not my experience. I wasn’t living in a good land but a very miserable one. Bread might have been plentiful in the bread bin, but I had no appetite to eat it.
The verse became a rallying point for my spirit and I was stirred to pray. In prayer I claimed the good land that God intended me to possess. I claimed fruitfulness and refreshing. I claimed abundance in every aspect of life. I claimed wholeness and satisfaction. I claimed enough and more to share with others.
I might have done some claiming, but nothing really changed. I was still ill. I was still coughing and sneezing and mopping up mucus. Nothing in the physical world changed, but I was convinced that something in the heavenlies had changed. I felt that a battle had been won on some higher plain. I might have been physically done in, but in my spirit I was a victor.
The verse became a rallying point again today. It was nothing to do with praying for my own needs this time, but praying for others.
Friends and family seem not to be living in a good land right now.
I don’t have any answers to pull them out of the mire they have sunk into. The things that work for me, don’t always work for other people because we are wired differently. Sometimes there is nothing that I can do to physically help. I live too far away.
So I prayed. On their behalf I claimed fruitfulness and refreshing for them. I claimed abundance in every aspect of their life. I claimed wholeness and satisfaction. I claimed that they would experience enough and more to share with others.
I remember Martin Luther King in one of his speeches declaring that the fight has been a long one and he needs some victories. I am feeling much like that. The battles my friends and families are fighting are not like the three day viral infections, but seemingly endless with no light at the end of a tunnel. They need some victories.
Lord, let them see and experience the good land you have brought them into.