(9)So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. (10)You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. (11)Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. (12)I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. —– Leviticus 26:9-12 (NASB)
We have an awesome God who turns His face toward us when we love Him and obey Him! The words “turn toward” in the Leviticus passage from today are translated “respect” in the King James Version, and do actually mean turn toward, face to face, in the Hebrew. Those who had a face-to-face relationship with God in the Bible became the founders of our faith and friends of God.
God does not play favorites. Scripture tell us that “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34 KJV). God is totally equal in the availability of His love. But He DOES respect –turn to–us when we seek Him and Love Him with our whole heart. He honors those who serve Him faithfully in any capacity. Every part of the Body is valued! We can all have a face-to-face relationship with Him and be His friends! (1 Corinthians 12:12-27.)
When I was a child, one of our neighbors had a grain silo that was nearly always full. Once in a while the kids in the neighborhood would climb up to the top of the silo and slide down the grain piles to the bottom. We had no concept of any danger, but I did notice one thing: when old grain was in the silo, playing there was just plain nasty. The smell was moldy and rancid. The taste of the air as we breathed it in was unpleasant. I got to the point that, unless they had freshly filled the pile, I wouldn’t play there anymore.
Today’s Scripture talks about eating the old grain to make way for the new. All of us have “eaten” of the old practices of Christianity that do not make room for those who are called by the Lord. We have all been through the old traditions or teachings which are either just plain wrong or keep us from being God’s friend. When mankind tries to be in charge, they tend to hang the veil of the temple back up and try to keep everyone but themselves out. But that veil was torn when Jesus died for us. That open door is for everyone who will receive Him!
It’s time for us to clear those old pockets out and let Him fill us with His fresh anointing, with His love which is the “new grain” that brings life. Fresh grain makes great food and accomplishes its purpose: to feed people! the personal, flowing love of God, His Presence, becomes the new grain that brings life to others.
(This information was shared with permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)