“If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:3-4)
We tend to see nature as a ‘system’. Whether a tree grows well and yields fruit, is dependent on other factors within the ecosystem, like rainfall, sunshine, nutritious soil, and so on. But today’s text reminds us that trees are not just controlled by natural influences or human intervention. God is behind all this.
Before the Israelites entered the land which God had promised them to possess, they were presented with a choice. If they would obey the Lord, they would receive his blessings “and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit”. “But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments… your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:14,20).
And God did what He had told them, as we read in Amos 4:9. “’I struck you with blight and mildew; your many gardens and your vineyards, your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured; yet you did not return to me’, declares the Lord”.
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