Isaiah 58 v 11: The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
This is one of my favourite scriptures. Sometimes, when a person is feeling really low and you feel like you are going through a drought, how encouraging and uplifting is this scripture? If we could view our lives in terms of eternity I don’t think we would be as knocked down by droughts and deserts as we are.
Because we would see that it is just a season. God has a purpose for those droughts or deserts. It could be a time God uses to encourage us to put down roots into His word. Or a time of pruning, when God gets rid of some of our baggage. Or maybe, a testing of our faith. Or maybe its not even about us at all, but someone close to us who needs the desert experience to see God.
Its at those times when we have to remember all that God has already done for us. We can start with the big things. He gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins. That’s huge. He set us free from the law and we are saved by grace not works although works should now be a reflection of your faith.
For me there are lots of little things to remember. There was once a fire where my husband’s factory was. The burn pattern was amazing. The fire came up to the factory, split and went on either side of it, joined on the other side and continued. Miraculous! One home we lived in really needed some work but we didn’t have the finance. While gardening one day we found a crate full of tiles under some weeds. This home’s bathroom floors were gross and the flooring was lifting and mouldy. Now we had a crate full of tiles that were firstly, great for that bathroom and secondly, just enough. Miraculous. My husband left his wallet on the roof of his car and drove off. It fell off in front of a place where labourers stand waiting for work. Who spotted it? A retired pastor and he contacted us and returned it to us. Miraculous! And there are many more examples. It’s a good exercise to sit down and write down all you remember that has been amazing to you about what God has done for you and keep adding to it. Then in the desert times you can read it and encourage yourself.
I think this is what David did in the Psalms. Every time things seemed really bad and there seemed to be no hope he started to sing about what the Lord had already done for them, the nation of Israel and the miracles in his current situation.
So my encouragement to you today is to read the scripture above and know, in your heart and soul, God is with you even when it feels like He isn’t, even if it feels like you are in the desert like the Israelites. Just speak out in faith what God has done for you knowing that this is only a season.
Remember God’s word in Ps 40 v 1 – 3: I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.