Deuteronomy 6: 3 (Moses said) Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe (God’s commandments) diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.
This morning the phrase “a land flowing with milk and honey” catches my eye. Of course, these words didn’t mean God’s people were going to find literal rivers of milk or honey in the Promised Land. It was a description of a place that had lots of everything – more than enough.
Many of you know that my wife, two daughters, and I are on a cruise ship right now. If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship you know that one of the defining characteristics is – food. LOTS of food which is available almost 24 hours a day. Today, as I read the words “a land flowing with milk and honey”, this is where my mind goes. If you know me well you know that I don’t mind starting a meal with dessert. How about this dessert picture above? Yes!
I don’t think God had a cruise ship in mind when he described a land flowing with milk and honey, but there is abundance here I am grateful for. Gracious God this morning I thank you for all the ways you provide as in “a land flowing with milk and honey”. It’s not just the “things” you give, but the love and grace you pour out. Through Jesus you have taken my abundant sin and given to me your even more abundant righteousness. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.