Called to COUNT
So where are we now on God’s calendar?
In this season, The Lord has called us to “count the omer."
What is an omer you ask…? An "omer" is simply a sheaf of grain.
So how and why do we count it? Here’s some background…
In Leviticus 23, The Lord commanded the Israelites to present an offering on
First Fruits. This offering was an omer of the first crop of the season, barley.
He then commanded them to count 50 days from First Fruits,
while the next crop, wheat, was ripening.
When they arrived at the 50th day, known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost,
they would then present an omer of wheat, as He commanded.
So, right now we are in between two harvests.
But we are not to sit around and do nothing. We are called to "count the omer”.
We may not have a physical field of wheat in our backyard,
But the Lord does have a harvest for each of us that is ripening.
We may not even know what it is, but He does and He wants us to be ready for it.
So yes, even now, we are called to count 50 days
from First Fruits to The Feast of Weeks.
(April 12, 2017 to May 31, 2017)
This is not a countdown, but rather a count UP with a sense of expectation!
We are right to have a heart of expectation,
not only for the ripening of the harvest, but because the Lord has
historically given us a personal revelation of Himself on the 50th day.
Did you know that He gave us His Word (Exo 19) and His Spirit (Acts 2)
both on the very same day, this 50th day of the counting of the omer?!
So if you are UP for the count, you may find an “omer counter” to be helpful.
This year I gathered 50 stems and at sundown, I add one stem to a vase.
This visual reminds me that the count UP is happening and shows me
that He is building me up to receive His fullness on the 50th day.
So let us not grow weary in “counting UP” for at the proper time
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!