Lord, thank you for the refreshing coolness of yesterday’s rain. And thank you for this clear reminder from Deuteronomy that You are the Source; the Creator and Master Gardener, holding all these things in your hands. We need not look any further. We must not put our trust in anyone else.
The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.
Yes, you’re right. The things we’ve seen from the Lord’s hand have not all been just refreshing walks in the park. But isn’t this the very thing He’s warning us about here? That His response will depend on our response? If in response to calamity we turn back in repentance to the Lord our God, will He not still be gracious to us? “…the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.” 2 Chron 30:9