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April 06
Manna Magazine Issue 82

Winter in Israel differs from the drab, depressing and frosty months in some places. After autumn seeding at the beginning of the rainy season, the showers increase into heavy winter rains, causing the crops to grow. The rain should continue int​​o spring, when the latter rain matures the grain for harvest. However, weather in the holy land is as unpredictable as the hearts of the children of Israel, so when rainfall becomes sporadic or when there is no latter rain, many of the crops fail to ripen, resulting in a poor harvest. In biblical times, this was a reflection of God’s displeasure with His people (Jer 3:3).

So on one hand, winter is the gateway to fruitfulness and vitality; on the other hand, it can be a time of trepidation. Hence, winter is a time of waiting—either in joyful expectation of renewal or with repentant prayer for restoration. In either case, it is a time of looking to God to fulfill His promises when spring arrives.​

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