They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will be radiant with joy because of the LORD’s goodness, because of the grain, the new wine, the fresh oil, and because of the young of the flocks and herds. Their life will be like an irrigated garden, and they will no longer grow weak from hunger. Jeremiah 31:12
I couldn’t stop myself from reading these words over and over again: “Their life will be like an irrigated garden” What a beautiful image of what our life can look like with God in it. I looked into the benefits of irrigation and it’s amazing how much they relate to all the benefits and blessings we can experience with God in our hearts.
1. Irrigation is important because crops should not depend on the rain only
Like crops, we should not depend on only ourselves if we are going to be successful in patience, forgiveness, grace, courage, faith, etc. Relying only on ourselves will lead to failure, disappointment and no harvest.
2. Irrigation allows introduction of high yield crops.
Like irrigation, God can equip and lead us to yield an abundance of fruit (love, patience, kindness, honesty . . . the best and sweetest fruit of all, the fruits of the spirit)
3. From the irrigated fields, the yields are stable and reliable and assured production targets can be met. With God, who is the same today as He was yesterday and will always be, we can count on a consistent strength and supply of grace, love and forgiveness. We can trust that when He calls us, not matter what He calls us to do, He will equip us with all we need to complete the task.
4. Irrigation allows for continuous cultivation.
Following God daily and growing in His word gives us a growing and deeper understanding of His heart, ways and desires so that we can follow Him closely in our daily lives and not stray from His path.
5. Finally, irrigation reduces fluctuations and the risk of crop failure due to drought.
With God in the center of our lives and our eyes looking to the cross we are less likely to have fluctuations in our hearts and minds. We are less likely to succumb to sinful and selfish desires when we are living close to God and in His word. Please notice I said we are “less likely” not guaranteed.We will falter and fall many times, but with God’s grace we can pick ourselves up, dust off and try again.
Overall, there are so many more benefits to living, loving and believing in our faithful Father in Heaven. I don’t know about you, but I want my life to be like an irrigated garden that never grows weak or weary, that produces fruit pleasing to our Father and sustains me through the splendor and the desert.