Some of my readers may be surprised to see the word, “God” in a vegetable gardening/farming blog.
I like to refer to him as Yahweh (YHWH), simply because that is his name.
But this does not explain why I’m mentioning him at all.
As you read the Old Covenant carefully you will soon pick up that mostly YHWH disciplined Israel by withholding the rain, which resulted in famine.
As soon as YHWH touched the sky and the earth growing vegetables became impossible,
and the people of Israel cried out in response to his correction,
“Help! We’re dying,” and he answered,
“If you return to me I will return to you.”
There are many side issues we could engage in regarding this. But the question remains…
Who owns the land on which to grow vegetables?
Land is a huge issue in many countries.
When the Olympics were held in China stories abounded of how the Chinese government moved people from the homes they owned, to make way to build the Olympic stadium.
How could their government do this them?
Despite having proof of ownership of dwellings, no Chinese person owns the land on which their homes are built.
The land, says the Chinese government, belongs to the State.
YHWH says otherwise. I believe Him.
Because earthquakes and volcanoes have a will of their own and can shake the living daylights out of both us, and our properties.
They know more about title deed than we do, and are no respecter of persons when they feel the urge to move.
Farming God’s Way addresses the land issue;
it is foundational to understanding how we steward it,
whether we own the title deeds or rent the land.
YWHW says in Leviticus 25:23,
“The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine…”
In another place we read, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”
To give an example of his ownership, here’s an interesting anecdote:
A rural farmer who adhered to the Farming God’s Way model tells how a herd of elephants ate everything in sight – excepting his crops of maize and beans which was in full view of the herd. The reason? The farmer and his family offered their land back to YHWH, and asked him to protect it. No need to place fetishes and conduct incantations to protect the land to ensure a successful yield. Rather offer it to the One to whom it ultimately belongs. Go to http://www.werthworx.wozaonlin.com (Articles to download) to read more farmers’ testimonies.
I can personally attest to the efficacy of offering the land back to its Creator – and the harvest of vegetables reaped.
In 2009 I trained a Chief in Kanyama Kingdom 74 kilometres from Mwinilunga, a town situated between the Angolan and Democratic Republic of Congo borders in Zambia. They embraced the Farming God’s Way model, committed the land to YHWH among other things, and today they are reaping harvests not seen in the entire history of farming in their territory. For further testimony to the power of committing the land back to YHWH, watch the video, The Pineapple Story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYM-4mGYzzE . It is the testimony of Veteran Missionary to Irian Jaya, Indonesia, Otto Koning, of his battle with the very people to whom he had been sent to evangelise, and how they stole everything from him that they could lay their hands on. Eventually he committed the land to YHWH. Watch what happens. An abundance of vegetables, fruit, and much more.It is hilarious! But brings home the point: everything we have is because YHWH has provided it.
I’ve highlighted the foundation for maximum yield and best practice
to achieve the most nutritious crops.
Now let’s get down to basics.
As silly as it may feel to you, go over to your vegetable garden right now, or to where your vegetable/herb pot plants have been placed. Or if you have a plot of ground, take a drive to it and stand on the land.
Lift it up some of the soil to YHWH. Acknowledge in his presence that the earth and all that is in it belongs to Him, and commit the soil to him, expressing your intention to steward it according to his best practice which is ecologically sound.