16 SEP

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

INTO THE FLOW

Deuteronomy 11:8-9

 
In the super-size West, we have a crisis if there’s a two-week hosepipe ban, or no quick-sale sandwiches in the supermarket. But imagine what it’s like to live in a place where you are completely dependent on your crops growing – otherwise you don’t eat.
 
As slaves in Egypt, the Israelites faced this reality every day. Not particularly famed for its drizzly days, God’s people were forced to rely on the River Nile to water their crops in Egypt. Individuals were forced to pump the water by foot every day. Picture the sheer amount of blood, sweat and tears just on an old rusty foot-pump. Contrast that with the life God promises them: ‘Go in and take over the land … flowing with milk and honey … not like the land of Egypt … where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot’ (vv. 8–10 NIV). Oh the relief to be off the foot-pump and into the flow!
 
Have you been in a place where everything seems like an effort, and you slave sweat, blood and tears just to stand still? Well, God promises a day when you will no longer struggle as things just begin to flow; a day when you stop fretting because His goodness will flow into all areas of your life.
 
What now?
 
Picture a time when you finally overcome your struggles. What would that look like for you? How would your everyday life feel? Now ask God to turn that picture into a reality.

Deuteronomy 11:8-9

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