The Dry Valley

29th August

When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them. I will open up rivers for them on the high plateaus, and I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the desert with pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground.

Isaiah 41:10

Friends, are you walking in what seems like a valley? Does your spiritual life seem like it is dried up? Do you feel like you are far from the source of spiritual saturation? Well, be encouraged. God promises us that He will renew us. He said of Himself, that ‘I, the Lord, will answer them (YOU)’! His promises are forever and His word is eternal.

Notice the places from which the Lord will satisfy; from the high plateaus, the valleys and the desert. It can be assumed that in each of the places, although probably originally formed by water, water was not in abundance, particularly in the Middle Eastern Biblical setting. Dry valleys and deserts are a constant picture throughout the Bible, representing hard and spiritually dry times in our lives (see Ezekiel 37). Much is the same with high plateaus, far from the sea or water source. What Isaiah’s prophetic words are saying, is that despite of and even in these situations and terrains, God will cause water to come out and refresh His people.

Receiving His fullness and refreshment is conditional on our confession; that we are completely dependant on His source of refreshment and are inadequate without Him. If we try and refresh ourselves, the temporary satisfaction will eventually run dry and we will be left wanting again. True refreshment and renewal comes completely from the Lord. Yet His promise, if we are searching for water to satisfy our parched tongues and thirst, then HE will answer and renew us, even in the midst of the dry land we may find ourselves in.

But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

John 4:14

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