You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.
“If you offer a grain offering of first fruits to the Lord, you shall offer for the grain offering of your first fruits fresh ears, roasted with fire, crushed new grain. And you shall put oil on it and lay frankincense on it; it is a grain offering. And the priest shall burn as its memorial portion some of the crushed grain and some of the oil with all of its frankincense; it is a food offering to the Lord. (Leviticus 2:13-16)
Last year I began a study of salt because of a monster that terrified my grandson. The first time the monster was mentioned was while talking to my daughter on the phone.
“Tucker is seeing a monster, and it is really scaring him.”
We thought it could be like an imaginary friend. You know, something that was in his mind, when his mind was going into over drive, but never seen by those around. When asked, he described the monster as wearing a fireman suit, with big hair, dark eyes and lived in the corners of the room – in the shadows. We tried our best to equip this child and keep him from fear. We told him to go to the shadow and tell the monster to go away. Tell him this is Jesus house and he cannot stay. We encouraged him to punch the monster in the nose and tell him to get out!
My daughter and I went through the house and anointed it with oil rededicating it to the Lord and all who lived here and all who would cross the threshold of its doors.
But, it would not be long before the two year old would still walk into a room and scream. The monster would tell the child he was hated, and that his mother would die.
Other strange things would happen around the house. Flies and mosquitos were in the house and garage like the plaque of Egypt. WE could we invested in no-pest strips, and even hung duct tape in the garage hoping some would fly into its unforgiving hold. We tried every home remedy as well as store remedies to rid the pestilence to no avail. Soon, smoke alarms would sound in the middle of the night. They would dust them trying to find a reason, only to have the whole house awakened again the next night with smoke alarms going off in each room and the garage.
As prayed continually asking God to show us what to do about this, I came across a passage in Leviticus 2. “With all your offerings add salt.” This jumped off the page to me and continued to stay in the forefront of my thoughts for the next several days.
As I pondered this passage, I recalled our home being dedicated to the Lord, and the priest placed salt in the four corners of the property. There is a point in which you will try anything, no matter how strange it might seem, to rid your child of fear.
With a large box of Morton’s salt in tow, I went to my daughter and son-in-law’s home. The parents were at work, and once I had the children down for their naps, I took the box of salt outside and began to talk the property line. Punching a small hole in the box, I began to walk the line quoting every scripture of the promises of God that I could think of. I blessed their house with the Peace of God, with the Grace of God, with the provision of God, on and on.
When I finished around the lot, I went to the windows and doors throwing salt (because if a little is good, more is better – right?) recalling the dedication of this house and family for the glory of God.
When my daughter arrived from work, she noticed the salt on the front porch. Knowing her momma as she does, she simply asked, “Why?”
I explained to her what I read in the Word and what I remembered the priest doing as our house was being dedicated, and felt like this might be something to help with all that was going on with the monster, flies, and alarms. She slowly nods her head as if to say, “you have lost your mind, but I’m not telling you.”
It was about this time that the two year old wakes from his nap. Running in to the kitchen, he announces, “The monster went home.”
Now I was really feeling dumb because I had done all that and the monster was already gone.
“When did the monster leave?”
“When I was taking my nap.”
Well, my jaw dropped so far down I could have caught the flies!
A week later, I received a phone call from my daughter. “Mom…did you pour salt around the whole yard?”
“Well…Yes, I did. Why?”
“Just wondering why the grass around the whole house is dead”
“A small price to pay to rid us of a monster, I say!”
Did the salt drive out the monster, no, but obedience to God’s Word brings the change, that brings the power of the Living God into our circumstances.
What monsters are hiding in the shadows today in your life threatening you? Deadlines, illness, loss, rejection, loneliness?
God’s Word is powerful enough to work miracles in your life. His love for you is great than any shadow monster in any corner of your life!
I love to hear from you. How can I pray for you today?
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