Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guidance and support and an agricultural connotation: Isaiah 58:11

1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

The Lord promises to continually guide us, and He wants to assure us of this and strengthen us for the difficult task because we will be working in a land that is sun-scorched and probably barren because of the Lords chastening hand. Again the wonderful promise is that we will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. What a beautiful picture in contrast to the sun-scorched land.

This again draws emphasis towards us as the Lord’s people, who will not only be seen to be shining and righteous and protected and guided and strengthened, but we will be seen to be verdant and fruitful and constantly well-watered. What astounding promises for those who have the Lord’s heart for the poor, who seek and do His plan for their deliverance.

However Brian also firmly believes that this is not just a reference to us spiritually, but also physically on earth because of the mention of the ‘sun-scorched land’. This indicates an agricultural aspect, and this has been very strongly confirmed with the amazing success of the wonderfully God-given intervention of Farming God’s Way/Foundations for Farming, which is based on God’s way of capturing the rain He sends us and holding it more effectively in the soil, and transferring this moisture and the nutrients more efficiently to the plants.

Looking back over the last twenty and a half years (at the time of writing, February 2nd 2010) since the Lord gave us this verse on the 1st of October 1982, at such a critical and significant time in our lives, we are astounded at the recognition and favour that the Lord has given ourselves and the vision. We have been humbled by how the Lord has shown us such a simple technology and implementation management system, which has been shown to be applicable to any level and magnitude of productive endeavour, and is best introduced and demonstrated to the world, in an agricultural way, by the poorest people on earth.

It is truly the ‘Upside-Down’ Kingdom, and has particular significance for verse 12:

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