I was surprised to find this interesting passage about old stuff in Leviticus 26:
‘So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. And you will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new.
2011 is my campaign to clear out the old ‘stuff’ that’s collected in the house.
But even more important than that physical stuff, this passage got me excited to think about the new spiritual “stuff” that has cleared out the old since last year’s old stuff day.
The promises in Leviticus have been lived out in my life:
1. I will turn toward you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you – I especially felt this regarding the conference in New Mexico – How God turned toward me, and blessed me not only with the scholarship and other financial helps so I could attend, but the opportunities, and contacts which have borne fruit since then.
2. I will confirm my covenant with you – So many prayers answered in the past year, regarding my mother’s care, being a blessing and healing to family members, specific verses with direction, comfort, and assurance, sermons right on target with what I needed to hear at that moment, and again, the fellowship, the agape love and the words and prayers of confirmation and humbling devotional experiences at CCWC were a highlight of my year
3. You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. The Message translates it to mean that” You’ll still be eating from last year’s harvest when you have to … make room for the new”. From the commentaries I’ve read the ‘eating’ and ‘supplies’ are spiritual. One described ‘eating the Word’ this way: “ take the meaning of it, understand it aright, admit it into thy heart, apply it, and be affected with it; imprint it in thy mind, ruminate and chew the cud upon it; take it as it is entire, and make no difficulty of it, nay, take a pleasure in it as thou dost in thy meat, and let thy soul be nourished and strengthened by it; let it be meat and drink to thee, and as thy necessary food; be full of it, as thou art of the meat thou hast eaten.” Wow! That’s reading, meditating, studying, enjoying, praying it…and It is true – I’ve had so much blessing from the Word that I have to keep digesting, keep making room for the NEW STUFF! And keep letting my soul be as full and satisfied at The Lord’s Table, as I am when I’ve gone for 2nd and 3rd trips at Old Country Buffet!
Thank God for Old Stuff Day.
It’s been a great opportunity to review what I’ve gotten rid of this year, and more importantly, what NEW STUFF God has done in my life.