Your season

“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”‭-(‭Psalms‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

As I’m doing my morning study with God, I came across this gem of a scripture. This is a promise. A promise of a blessed life for those who choose to joyfully surrender to God completely, walking with Him, listening to His Spirit directing your path, and obeying Him. For me, meditating on God’s law is reading and studying out His word everyday, staying in constant prayer and praise towards Him and keeping an open ear to hear what the Holy Spirit is telling me in every situation.

Like a tree planted by the rivers of water

If I am rooted in the Lord then I am always full, always fed. I am never dry or empty. Regardless of the seasons, regardless of the circumstances, I am okay. I am more than okay, I am surviving and thriving because I am directly accessing the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Regardless of the tiring valleys we trek through, the dry, scorching deserts we journey, or the breezy, majestic mountains we stand on this is the blessed life we can have when we are rooted in God!

“Brings forth fruit in its season

Eth’ is the Hebrew word that was used for the three English words “in its season”. ‘Eth’ means always, certain, continually, evening, long. This word is also connected to the Hebrew word ‘ad’ which means eternal or forever.

When God is your provision and foundation you will bear fruit forever.At night when you can’t see what lies ahead, in the long drought that dries up everything around you, even then you will be blessed and fruitful.

So what does fruitful mean exactly? Well we have constant access to the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). But let’s see what is exactly stated in this particulate scripture about what our fruit will also look like:

“And whatever he does shall prosper.”

The Hebrew word used here for ‘prosper’ is ‘tsaleach’ and it means always, successful, advanced, thrive, useful, and victoriously.

Living surrender and plugged into God through Jesus Christ means we are victorious. We are successful no matter the failures. We get try again. We are advanced and moving forward. We are intelligent because we have on the mind of Christ. We are not just surviving, but we are thriving. We are not living lives merely beneficial to ourselves but our very essence is useful; useful to God, His kingdom, and His people. 

God is showing us that regardless of what we see in the physical realm, spiritually, we are blessed. Now because of the authority we have in Christ who is seated at the right hand of God’s throne AND alive within us, if we are blessed spiritually then we are blessed physically. We can boldly bind up the chaos and destruction we are seeing and claim the inherited blessing into our physical lives.

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”-(Ephesians‬ ‭1:19-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.”- (‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Dwelling with the King

There are 3 seemingly tedius and long chapters in the Old Testament that I have read over countless times: Exodus 25-27. Exodus is an action packed, miracle-filled book, up until the end…once God begins laying the foundation for these sheepishly, slave-minded people, I find myself dozing off in between verses. Why? Rebellion is my heart. Not that I’m just outright wanting to disobey God (although pre-salvation Lacey had no qualms about that) but as a church I think we have completely disregarded the Law and limited the Old Testament into being just that…old and irrelevant. But it’s really not old in regards to application and it’s constantly relelvant to anyone who would choose to listen to the whisper of God through the Old Testament’s “founding Father’s” message.

Exodus 25-27 is a word for word, measure for measure description of the intricate and specific requirements for the Tabernacle that God dwelled with the Israelites in. From the rich and exotic colors of the curtains, to the massive gold cherubim over the Ark of the covenant, this Tabernacle and everything in it is nothing short of incredible. Like I said before, I’ve read this time and time again. But this time, I was reading through this depiction of the Tabernacle while also building a sukkah (tabernacle or temporary dwelling) of my own for this 2017 Sukkot. It was no coincidence or of my own doing. I have been consecutively reading through the Bible over the past few weeks, and here I was on my next chapter reading this description of God’s Tabernacle on the perfect day at the perfect time.

Inside our makeshift sukkah before we put in our bedding

Sukkot, feast of Tabernacles or Ingathering, is a Biblical Jewish festival commanded to the Israelites by God multiple times throughout the Bible. It is a seven day festival in which you are bringing in the harvest, a season of joy after all the labor. You build a shelter out doors, a ‘tabernacle’ for you, your family and God to dwell in- in rememberance of the miracles and great provision God had in store whilst freeing the Israelites from the Egyptian bondage. A season reminding us that God is our ultimate provider and shelter. It is also believed that Jesus was actually born during Sukkot (for more info check out the links at the end of this blog). Sukkot is also a prophetic time in which all the nations will come up to worship Jesus after His return:

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”- (‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭14:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

These Biblical Holy-days literally point to Jesus!!! The Bible is actually a complete living and active book! There aren’t two parts, but one whole story breathed by God and nourishing to all.

So, back to the Tabernacle! Why so much “seemingly tedious” detail? We can clearly see that this Tabernacle and all that went in it was worth a fortune. It was stunning! This giant Tabernacle was intended to house the King and all His glory. Few could go in to the Holy of Holies because the glory of God was just that intensely Holy.  Now here’s something even more interesting..

“And the Word became flesh and tabernacled (dwelt) among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.”- (‭‭John‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭TLV)

Jesus is the Tabernacle. Those outrageously ornate and beautifully designed requirements for the Old Testament Tabernacle were all pointing towards the beautiful and perfect King Jesus-our living Tabernacle who brought the presence of God to every person. Now, with Jesus, even the sinners, the scoundrels, and the unclean can enter the presence of God. Jesus tore the veil so that anyone and everyone could enter into the Holy of Holies within the Tabernacle (Matthew 27:51). Not only that, but once we believe in Jesus as our Lord and our salvation  the Holy Spirit of God dwells within us! We become the tabernacle: intricately and beautifully designed, housing the King of Kings. Everywhere we go, He is right there hanging out with us.

As I sit here in my sukkah, feeling the warm Texas breeze and listening to my two little ones giggling in the soft green grass, I am fully aware of the presence of God surrounding me and within me. He is completely covering me. I can’t escape His presence and I never want to. This season of joy is miraculous and divinely appointed. And I am so thankful to be able to experience life the way Jesus did.

Links for more information on Sukkot: