We are in the Hebrew month of Elul. Elul is the 6th month in the religious calendar and the 12th of the civil year. This is traditionally a month of self-examination and repentance before the Lord in preparation for the High Holy Days of Yom T’ruah (The Day of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement.)
This is a joyful month, which is really good news following the month of Av! The King is in the Field in this month. God has made himself accessible to his people and He says, “I’ve come out to meet with you.” In agricultural days, it was much easier to understand what “the King is in the Field” really meant. People had an understanding of the land, the field and the daily toil. Typically, the field was not the place where you would find the King.
The field represents our daily life – where you work, where you live, where you get your ‘bread.’ Often, we separate our worlds; where we work is one sphere and where we go to meet with our King is another. Sadly, for many people, those two spheres rarely connect. We understand that our daily life is mundane, but our times of celebration with God are holy. It may be hard to see how the daily toil connects us to God’s overall plan for our life, but we must see that our workday lives are there to reveal the potential to build in us a home for God. We are to be ‘the temple of God,’ His dwelling place. No matter what our profession, we carry Him with us and we demonstrate Him to our world. When God instructs us to take one day out of seven for a Sabbath rest, He is calling us into the place were we can reconnect with the divine vision for our lives and be renewed in our purpose. It is a time where we are to rise above the valley of work and ascend to the heights with our King. From this elevated position, He can show us new things, and inspire our hearts. The feast days and Sabbaths are all appointed times the King has set aside to lift us up, fill us up and cause us to gain new perspective.
When the King is in the palace, there is a protocol for going in to meet with Him. It is not something done casually. We dress a certain way, we speak a certain way, we prepare our hearts a certain way. During this month of Elul though, the King comes out to meet with us in our field. If you’re on the battlefield, He will show up there, too! It is not considered a Sabbath or a feast time, just the normal time of work, but God wants to show Himself strong on our behalf in our ‘daily grind.’ He has come to look upon our condition and the condition of our field. How are we stewarding what He has given? Are we in need of help? Do we need to change the way we are doing things to become more effective and efficient for our King? If so, now is the time to ask for help. Now is the time the King’s ear is attentive to our cry. He has made Himself available to us.
The King wants us to draw near to Him (and His Word). He wants to bless the work of our hands in the field. He wants us to acknowledge Him as the very reason we are in the field. It is the destiny that He has given us that drives us on! Our labor is not in vain. The King is very aware of our labor and He has come to let us know that we are highly favored. Our work is of value to Him, for from it His Kingdom is being built and extended. Our field is holy because of the King’s presence.
Let us rejoice as we commune with the King in the mundane of life. Let us lift up praise and celebrate our King as He draws near to us this month. Let us prepare our hearts for the High Holy Days that are coming next month that invite us into our next level of increase, revelation and authority. We must remember that the High Holy Days begin with Rosh Hashanah, a time of judgment. Prophetically, the fall feasts foreshadow Jesus’ return to the earth where He will judge the nations, separating those who have believed in and received His gift of salvation from those who have not. Jesus’ death and resurrection has made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins and be restored to perfect communion with God the Father. We are called to enter into the spirit of this time, to examine ourselves, to take advantage of the nearness of our King, to repent and be restored, so that we may enter into the fullness He has prepared for us in these last days. He is coming soon! May we not be too busy to notice that the King is in OUR Field today!
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. Psalm 27:4