“If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid.” “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” Leviticus 26:3-6; Psalm 23:1-3
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness… Those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land… The meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace… Those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land… The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever… Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land.” Psalm 37:3,9,11,22,29,34
Specific land was promised to Israel, and there is a land of plenty promised to us, God’s children. In Psalm 37:3, “befriend faithfulness” can read “feed on faithfulness” or “find safe pasture.” Trusting the LORD and befriending faithfulness to Him and His ways assures security, rest, and bounty we know nowhere else. (Genesis 15:18-21)
Every day we awaken to a new land of possibilities, of hours given and provision supplied. As God ordains the earth to spin and the sun to shine, we have free will to order how we spend ourselves and what He’s entrusted to us. How well do we dwell in the here and now of God’s pasture?
Every morning we can establish our stake with the Lord, taking rest in His green pastures and tapping into His living water. We can ask Him to till the soil of our heart, plant His life-giving truth, and sow His character deep. As we trust, and He leads, His active power engages our energy and all our faculties so we can bear fruit, exhibiting His extravagance (“out of the land”) to those around us. Dwelling well becomes us, and glorifies the Owner of the land. (John 4:14)
What does befriending faithfulness in God’s land look like today? What, and where, should I be planting? Before sowing, how must I prepare the soil in my mind, in my agenda? What old resentments or resistances need to be turned up and discarded? Are there areas in my life where I bear little fruit: gifts that lie fallow and unused, resources that I waste? When comes reaping, have I taken time to thank God for the harvest, and then generously share? (Matthew 25:14-30)
And in my place of dwelling, how well am I caring for those that belong to me? What bounty from God’s faithfulness to me do I offer to them? Whom do I invite to partake of my indescribable inheritance?
Lord, make faithfulness my friend in every aspect of dwelling in Your land. You give so much. May I return praise to you and abundance to others in Your gracious name.