"The King Is in the Field in Elul"
Biblical month of Elul 5781 = Sunday night, August 8 - Monday night, September 6 2021.
We made it through Av...known
as the "narrowest" month of the year. We have not shrunk back in unbelief. We decided to believe the good report of the Lord and have moved forward. We now find ourselves in a great expanse in this sixth month of the biblical year called "Elul." We have reached
both the mid-point of the spiritual year and the last month of the civil year. It's a wide-open field. But wait...do you see what I see? There is someone in this field. Behold! The King is the in the field!
does this mean? A king...in a field? That doesn't seem to go together. What is a person of royalty doing in an ordinary field? Shouldn't a king be in his palace...sitting on his throne...surrounded by guards and ruling over important issues of his kingdom?
Yes, this is the usual "modus operandi" of a king. However, historically, in Jewish tradition, there is one month of the year when a king leaves his palace and goes into the working fields of his kingdom to meet with
his people. Normally, one would be summoned to his palace and go through check points to approach his throne room. But in Elul, the king comes to his people. He sets his royal tent in the fields of his people and they have access to meet him face to face.
He Wants to Be the King of Your Field
Is this starting to sound familiar? This is another type and shadow of what Jesus did. The King of all kings left His heavenly
throne and dwelt among us.
"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
He came down to Earth because of His great love for the world. As the Bible tells us, "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:10).
In His great love for us, Jesus gave His life willingly so we could be reconciled back to the Father and have access to Him again. He wants to be King of the field of our hearts! When we receive Him in our hearts, He establishes His tent pegs permanently and
we become His dwelling place forever. In Him, we have a much better covenant than just access one month a year. We have access 24/7, 365 days a year. He places His Spirit in us and seals us forever (John 14:16-17; Eph. 1:13-14)!
An Invitation in Elul
He invites us to a special time of intimacy in Elul. All we need to do is receive Him and His great love for us. In fact, "Elul" is the Hebrew acronym for... "I am my beloved's
and my beloved is mine" (SOS 6:3).
Elul is often referred to as "a haven in time." Psalm 27 is often read in Elul for this very reason.
"For in the
day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle. In the secret place of His tent He will hide me. He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy. I will
sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord." (Ps. 27:5-6, emphasis mine)
As we open our hearts in His tent, the Master Gardener gives us wisdom on navigating those fields that concern us the most...the
fields of our family, our marriage, our work and our ministry. He will personally instruct and walk with us in our fields of influence, our fields of dreams and yes, even our battlefields. He knows exactly how to make our personal and unique fields fruitful.
He is delighted to walk the fields with us, His beloveds, just as we read in Song of Solomon 7:11: "Come, my beloved, let us go out into the fields..."
As we walk with our King, He reveals His grace and
truth over each allotted parcel He has given us. Perhaps we've allowed weeds to grow or overworked a field without letting it rest. Maybe we've been working a field for our own gain or perhaps have been sitting on the throne of our own "kingdom." As He reveals
His lovingkindness over these areas, our eyes turn from self onto His Spirit within us. As we turn from our kingdom to His, our fields fall into proper order and begin to flourish, just like His word says: "But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you" (Matt. 6:33).
The Hebrew letter "Yod" underscores this point. It's the smallest letter in the alphabet, yet it carries great significance. Its curved shape depicts
a humble position of repentance and mercy from the hand of God. His kindness leads to repentance. Repentance leads to mercy and fruitfulness. This is truly a gift from His hand (Rom. 2:4).
It's Time to
Put Our Hands to the Plow!
Lastly, as we hear the Lord's instruction over our portions, it's important we respond with obedience. Our left hand is highlighted this month, calling us to action, to fix what
is broken. Let's put our hands to the plow, for He directs us to be doers of His Word, and not merely hearers. (Lk. 9:62; Js. 1:22-25)
How are your fields growing? Do you need help tending them? Behold,
the King is in your field! Run into His tent! Be refreshed and renewed knowing you are His beloved. He has many gifts to give you...wisdom, kindness, joy, mercy and love. Receive all of His gifts, respond and take action! May you feel His smile upon you as
"Draw me after You and let us run together! The King has brought me into His chambers..." (SOS 1:4)
By Christine Vales
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321