There will be regular rains, the land will give you bumper crops, trees will be loaded with fruit long after the normal time and you will have as much to eat as you want and live out your days in peace.
Wow! Regular rain, year after year of success in gardens and farms, plenty to eat and a peaceful world without fear. Who doesn’t want that? Who among us would say he or she wouldn’t want that? Is it too boring to have peace and safety? Is it too mundane to have bumper crops year in and year out? So, what’s the catch? Isn’t there always a catch?
Yes, there is a catch, but it’s not expensive, nor is it egregious. All you have to do is to love God your Father who provides these things freely to his obedient children. You have to obey his commandments. You have to love your fellow man who is your brother and your sister, who also a child of God.
The first paragraph above comes from the book of Leviticus, chapter 26. The Old Testament is filled with rules and regulations. Jesus boiled all of them down to two. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.” “Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.” If you obey these laws, all those other ones fall into place. You won’t steal from someone that you love as much as yourself because you don’t like to have things stolen from you. You won’t punch him, kill him, hate him, lie to him, lie about him, take his wife or do other mean things to him because you don’t like those things either.
Our world is falling apart fast. The daily headlines are enough to fill our hearts with terror. We need to take hope and make that hope the anchor of our lives. There are solutions but the ultimate solution always comes back to those two commandments spoken by Jesus.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.” Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.” Jesus said it best. You can’t improve on that.