Pattern Recognition

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:11-12)

I like the way the Message paraphrases the first part of verse twelve: "So you'll go out in joy, you'll be led into a whole and complete life."

Winter, Spring, Summer, Harvest

What would you do if God spoke to you these very things? As they are available for anyone to draw upon throughout time spoken till now, God upholds these promises. For you. But back to the first question. What if you had all the constituent parts of your life sifted through by the Holy Spirit and then you sort-of forgot about all that and continued to go about your merry way, living before the Lord as you were accustomed? And then God came through with a blessing and a windfall that you maybe weren't expecting. Maybe a polite "thank-you" or something... As an aside, perhaps we should start referring to "Summer" as "Pride". Because, well "pride goes before the fall" and Autumn shouldn't be the only season with another name.

"And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The Valley of Berachah, unto this day." (2 Chronicles 20:26)

This, after receiving enough "spoil" and "riches" and "precious jewels" to take three days hefting away (from verse 25). One of God's names is El Shaddai and it translates to "the God who is more than enough". Ephesians three, twenty, says that He is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." See, pattern recognition is a thing. If you believe in Jesus and what He did, you know that harvest is coming. Granted, that's a purely earthbound simile but you also know that Jesus rose from the dead. This precludes every blessing that God wants to spring into your life. The times they are a'changin'. Hold fast and hold out for the thing(s) God wants to bring in your life. It may wind down to one thought at a time. And even then, you may well slip that one-thought-at-a-time pattern and forget. I think God wants to see us "content with such things as we have" before He turns to us this side of Him--if that makes sense.

"Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud." (Proverbs 16:19)


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