Isaiah 58:11 – 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. (NKJV)
As I was watering our vegetable garden at the back of the house, I was reminded of times when I needed refreshing from God, times when I was experiencing some of life's hot displeasures.
Last night, the power went off, probably because of system overload during our current heat wave. What now? I said to myself. No air conditioning, and are we going to lose the food in the fridge and the freezer? My son-in-law, who works in grocery, said that one of their stores had to throw out thousands of dollars of food due to a power outage in a previous heat wave.
Have you ever been tempted just to give up and throw your faith to the wind? I have, as I witness my wife's suffering pain in illness, though many prayers with tears have gone up to heaven for her.
It's in seasons like these — just like my garden needing frequent watering — that we need to press in to God in praise, prayer, and meditating on His Word to drench the fiery trial that we are experiencing with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We must give the Spirit preference, if we are to avoid — in our fleshly efforts — harming our spirit, soul, or body. As the prophet Isaiah states in today's Scripture, God will step in when we have a desert experience and bring refreshing.
Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (NKJV)
Just like our fridge needs electrical power to become cool and keep the food fresh, we require constant power from the Lord each day. When the heat is on in our life through nasty occurrences, let's do like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane: pour out our hearts to the Father and receive the heavenly watering, and maybe a visit from an angel of God.
Prayer: Father God, forgive us for not coming, at times, to the river of cleansing and healing that flows from Your throne. Pour out Your Spirit upon us anew and refresh us in our struggles. In Jesus' mighty name, we pray. Amen.