Deuteronomy 11:11-12 (NLT)
“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.”
‘From the beginning of the year even until the end of the year.’
I do not know why these words came with such strong consolation this morning, but they did. I had been thinking about Renewal, and wondering how there was such continual need of it; we drink and are satisfied, our thirst is quenched, and we live again, gratefully conscious of an inward renewal of hope and joy and courage. And then, the next day, perhaps even only one hour later, we need to drink again if we are to go on at all. It was then that these words came like the sound of bells.
“From the beginning of the year even until the ends of the year” – much is folded up in that. The day of the week, the hour of the day, every minute of the day, not one is outside His care – “A land that The Lord your God cares for, He watches over it through each season of the year” – and so, “…It drinks water from the rain of heaven.” (Duet 11:11 NKJV) It need never thirst.