Ever feel desolate? Weary? Isolated? Barren? As if your life, or parts of it reflect a thirsty wilderness? Ezekiel 36:34-35, was a promise of renewal made to Israel. The people and their nation were in ruins, they were empty and in need of restoration and refreshing. Hope made an entrance when God spoke through the prophet.
“The desolate land shall be tilled, instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. They will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden.’”
The Word of God is alive and active therefore this same promise is for us today. God in His faithfulness desires to turn our wildernesses into the Garden of Eden.
A wilderness was a place of unrest and striving. The Garden of Eden was a place of peace and relationship with God.
If our life or parts of our life resemble a dry desert, we first have to examine the root cause. Where does the dehydration originate?
It’s easy to fault circumstances, but more than likely our own heart and its attitudes need to be examined. Any work being done to restore our life has to start on the inside—this is where lasting change begins.
Allowing God to turn the wilderness of our heart in to an abundant garden takes time; circumstances do not always immediately change—but our heart can. As we diligently seek God to transform our heart, circumstances will follow.
Note: Keep your eye on the One who changes things, not on the change.
An interesting word to give attention to in Ezekiel 36:34 is the word tilled. The scripture says, the desolate land shall be tilled. When land is overgrown by weeds and full of rocks it has to be tilled before it can be ready for planting.
Tilled defined as: to cultivate the soil, turn up with a plow. To tear up, cut into, or make a furrow.
Most of the time when God does a work in our life/heart, He first takes us through the tilling process, where He will uproot the weeds and discard the rocks. The best realization during these times is to see this process as a blessing from God, rather than as an attack from the enemy.
Psalm 84 says, blessed are those whose strength is in God, when they go through the valley of death they find life. In this case where God tills the soil of your life it’s a death to self, heart attitudes and old habits.
We will find new life in these seasons, if we shift our point of view and recognize—we are blessed by tilling. In this place we go from strength to strength not trial to trial.
What would your life be like if it resembled the Garden of Eden? The Garden of Eden had to be the most beautiful garden ever; healthy, vibrant, fruitful, abundant, lavish, and generously flowing with water—not at all comparable to a wilderness!
I’d say this is the life Jesus talked about in John 10:10
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Yes, tilling does sound painful—something to avoid, but the ability to have our life transformed from a wilderness to the Garden of Eden—sounds worth it to me—what about you?
Be encouraged! You do not have to live in the wilderness—God’s promise is to turn your wilderness to the Garden of Eden!
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength.” Psalm 84:5-7