In the Thick of the Pit
Last Sunday, we finished our four week sermon series looking at Deuteronomy 6, made it to the halfway point of our Song of Ascents readings that begin the service, and several from our church had the opportunity of helping with a benefit concert for a ministry in Princeton (30 minutes north).
The opening band at the concert, one with deep roots within our church, created the hat pictured at the beginning of this blog. The hat represents The Ordinary’s song entitled “Milk and Honey”. The thought of Milk and Honey coincided with the benefit concert, For His Children, hosted by the foster care organization, The Isaiah 1:17 Project. Many times in life, we are not in our permanent homes, living as aliens in tents (Psalm 120:5-6). However, Deuteronomy 6 reminded us over the past four weeks that we must keep our eyes focused on the creator and provider, remembering the promise of the land flowing with milk and honey. We did not go to the store and buy out all the milk, and we did not infiltrate the bee hive for all the honey. God is the provider and sustainer. The milk and honey are ever flowing.
When you are in the thick of the pit, something enslaves you. Maybe it’s societal slavery, trying to live up to the high expectations society puts on you as a man or woman. Maybe it’s snake slavery, trying to live up to all of the lies of deceit the devil pushes on your personal. Maybe it’s sainthood slavery, trying to live up to all of the legalism passed down from many years of religiosity. Regardless of the slavery, God provides a way out to a place of promise. The land flowing with milk and honey is a land where there is hope. It is a land that is sweet. It is a land that is savory. It is a land full of peace. Will you persevere to acquire your piece of the pie?
To hear some music by The Ordinary, purchase their hat, or have a conversation, check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theordinaryband/