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Behind The Name: Meadow
Meadows: Valleys, where life is lived and challenges are faced.
Mesas: High ground where vision is clearer and perspective is greater.
Deuteronomy 11: 10-12
10] 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;
11] but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven,
12] 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.
After hundreds of years living in land that was not their own, the people of Israel were called out of Egypt.
In Deuteronomy 11:10, God tells the children of Israel the land He is taking them into a land that will not be watered by a river. In Egypt, the people of Israel watered their gardens by means of irrigation from the river Nile. They had learned to trust in the river as their source of life rather than God. This was all about to change as God would take them into a place where they would have to depend on Him for their sustenance.
Deuteronomy 11:11, God tells them the land they will enter is filled with hills
and valleys and it will require faithful dependence on God if they are to
successfully negotiate their lifelong adventure of faith.
In Deuteronomy 11:12, the people of Israel are told that God will pay special attention to this faith promoting experience that He is taking them into. God sees the faith building process as very significant in the life of His children. Throughout scripture we see a reoccurring theme of God permitting difficulties in the life of His children in order to produce greater levels of faith.
This message may not be popular but it is nonetheless true. The people of God are called to a life that is filled with hills and valleys but a life that God greatly cares about. Hills and valleys are the tools He uses to increase faith in us.
Hill top experiences can be exhilarating and valleys are often bleak and foreboding. Many a prayer is prayed that God will remove all the valleys to let us live every day on the hills but this is unbiblical and disregards the growth the valleys are designed to produce.
Hills and valleys produce transformation, growth and perspective in the life of the believer. Better is the prayer that asks God for strength to stand in the valleys as we eagerly look forward to the hills.
God has given us life and one day we will stand before Him to give an account of what we did with the life we were given. May your mesa's be many and your meadow's rich in the results they are designed to produce.
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