23 “When you come into the land and have planted all kinds of trees for food, you are to consider their fruit as forbidden. Three years it will be forbidden to you. It is not to be eaten. 24 Then in the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, for giving praise to Adonai.
25 In the fifth year you may eat its fruit. So it will yield its increase to you. I am Adonai your God.
Leviticus 19:23-25 TLV
New Year – Same God
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. I chose this verse out of Leviticus today, because I’m in a season of waiting and maybe you are too. Why would God tell the Israelites not to touch the fruits until the fifth year? I think of a man planting his fruits and seeing the first part of the fruit growing from the tree and thinking, “Thank you Lord for this food, but why must I wait to eat it? My family needs this fruit to eat.” I hear the Lord respond, “I am your Provider.” Years two and three the man might say, “I thank you for this fruit, but I really need some of it. Why is it still off limits?” Once again, the Lord responds, “I am your Provider.” By year four, the man has learned patience through this process and has a deeper trust level for the Lord. He’s watching this fruit become more beautiful in color and starts to realize, the Lord has provided since he first planted this beautiful fruit. It’s easier for him to give all the Lord his fruit this year, because it’s holy and came from his Provider. Then year five comes, the man and his family enjoy the fruit that is beautiful in color and rich in taste. The increase to the man isn’t only physical, but spiritual. He looks to the heavens and declares, “You are my Provider, My Adonai (My Master), My God.” Adonai is in the waiting my friend; His timing is perfect. Yielding an increase of spiritual food will be more satisfying than whatever you’re waiting for. It’s a new year, but He’s the Same God.