“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11.
Do you ever ponder on the effect of water? It is the most crucial element we need to survive as humans. A person can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water. A personal (and shameful) fact about me is that I used to loathe water. I instead, drank almost 6 cups of soda a day. That is right. A day. I was consuming over 1200 grams a sugar. I was literally poisoning myself. Until, God called out to me and told me it was time for a change. I did not only need a change in a physical sense when it came to water, I was also in a need of spiritual thirst as well. Let me restate today’s key verse: “”And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” I have been reading many devotions lately and the same sentence has popped up in each one: “we all go through seasons, some the driest of all. That is when the Waters of the Lord can be cast down.” It took me a long time to realize just how much of a drought I really am in. I have tried and tried many things to water my “garden of needs” but, my “plants of desires” do not seem to stay alive. In fact, they are all withered and in despair. You see, that is simply how our lives are when we try to do things on our own instead of seeking out to God. It is very easy for us to think we can figure this life out on our own and once we run out gas, we refuel to God, just to repeat the process. It does not have to be like that at all! God simply wants us to trust us with or lives. Read this chapter from Matthew chapter 14 when God feed 5000 people with only five loves of bread and two fish:
13When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
This story will always amaze me. To think that we doubt God in some circumstances, and all we need to do is have faith and He will restore. If you are feeling a spiritual thirst, ask God to refill your soul with rivers of love and peace. He will cleanse you and fill the dry areas of your life. He cares deeply for you and you never have to feel afraid or ashamed of running on empty when approaching Him because He loves you for who you are.