Posted by: springsinthedesert | May 19, 2010

Showers Of Blessings In The Promised Land

The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.

           Deuteronomy 11:10-12

As I was casually going through this chapter of Deuteronomy, this particular verse caught my attention. I guess the contrast of Egypt and Canaan mentioned in this verse might have caused that interest in me. Deuteronomy, chapter 11 is more like an instruction manual for the people of Israel in their walk from Egypt to the promised land. And I feel that it is appropriate for us, the new Jerusalem in our walk from bondage to the promised land.

Since Egypt is more like a desert,  irrigation in that land was totally different. Rain was very rare in those places, so their only means of water was the river Nile. To understand the phrase ‘irrigation by foot’, I searched the internet and found some interesting facts which I would like to share with you. Irrigation by foot does not literally mean that they watered their crops by carrying buckets of water on their foot. It means that they used small canals or trenches from the river Nile to their land and used their foot to control the water flowing from the trench to their field. Its more like our vegetable gardens in the backyard.

But the promised land is not like the land of Egypt. Its a land flowing with milk and honey. Canaan is full of mountains and valleys and this land depend a lot on rain for their irrigation. Since God has chosen this land for His people, His care and love is towards this land from the beginning of a year to the end. And we read that God sends the heavenly rains, both former and latter in its due season and irrigates the crops. Former rain is usually during the season of sowing and the latter rain close to the time of harvest. Both are needed in its time for a great crop..And God was particular that He will open the gates of heaven and send them the rain they needed in its season.

Now, what does this has to do with us in our current life. Egypt is a symbolic representation of our past life…a life in bondage. In that life, sowing, growing and harvesting was a strenuous effort. For every little things in life, you struggle and try to make the ends meet. Everything involves hard work and you and me are drained out in our everyday life.

But, Canaan, our life in Jesus is totally different. Yes, there is effort involved there too…but there is a God who constantly thinks and cares about you…because you are His chosen people and you are in the promised land. You might have to work your part, but you depend on God and His mercy to fulfill what you have planted in faith. You wait in faith for the Heavens to open its gates and shower its blessings…not only the former rain , but the latter one too. Rain represents the Holy Spirit and in the promised land, you have His constant outpouring upon you in every season of your life.

Today, are you in the land of Egypt, finding your means by foot…Are you struggling so hard but the results are small like a vegetable garden? Or are you in the promised land, trusting in His mercy to fall upon you continually and expect to see a great harvest from even the little you have planted? There is one more state of life…living in the promised land like living in Egypt…You have given all the provisions to enjoy the promised land just like anybody else…heaven is ready to open for you and send the former and latter rains….but you are so accustomed to the life in Egypt that you still follow its practice no matter where you are. Take one minute to think about this and ask God to help you..You are called to the promised land to enjoy all the inheritances of that land…It all depends on the choice that you make. I pray that you and me will always make the best option.

God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Rani, What a wonderful post! I love your comparison of life in Egypt to our life before Christ, and of life in Canaan to our life with Christ. The former required much toil with little reward, but the latter involves the promise of great reward and blessing from God by obediently doing what He asks and no more. Peace, Linda

    • Linda,

      You put it into words better than I did..Thank you for that…
      God Bless,

  2. Rani,
    Excellent comparison, I feel as though we are in Egypt and the promise of Caanans land is one of the great hpoes we have. This was a very thoughtful and Spirit written message.
    God Bless

  3. Oh Rani . . .I’m praying now to always realize where I am at in Him, and all that is available to me here, in my promised land. 🙂 What a beautiful analogy He gave you to share with us! love and prayers! deb

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