Spiritual Drought (Isaiah 58:11)
Isaiah 58:11, And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
During a drought, everything feels parched and desolate. Most of us didn’t live through the drought of the 1930s (the worst in U.S. history) but our parents or grandparents did, and they remember nine, long years without rain. In the heartland of our country, the richest farmlands became the Dust Bowl. More than 75 percent of the country was affected by the drought, crippling 27 states severely. On April 14, 1935, a day known as “Black Sunday,” the wind whipped across the parched farmlands and blew dust into “black blizzards” that stripped millions of acres of topsoil.
Most of us have never witnessed a drought of that degree, not in the land, but sadly too often in our spirits. Here Scripture teaches that our hearts are like a garden. If you water and tend your heart as this passage instructs, you’ll experience a harvest of God’s grace. If you fail to care for your heart, it will be overrun with weeds. Continued neglect will leave it lifeless and barren of anything capable of bearing fruit.
The best way to grow a lush and healthy garden is to keep it under the care of a master gardener (John 15). Like me, maybe you’ve experienced some parched days in your relationship with God. Maybe you’ve had seasons where time with God was scarce, and weekend worship felt like “Black Sunday.” Do you feel like you are in a drought spiritually? These are drought days in our nation it seems. Some are in a financial drought, emotional drought, or a spiritual drought.
This doesn’t have to be the end of your story. Isaiah said we would be like a watered garden and spring of water. Watered gardens thrive with growth and fruitfulness and a spring of water refreshes the soul and strengthens the body. God wants you to experience the fresh rain of His grace and mercy in your life. God will give abundant provision and strength. Even in the drought of a sun-scorched land, the Lord will provide whatever believers need to strengthen them as they walk through trials and hardships. The Lord wants to be our guide, strength, refreshment, repairer, and restorer.
When you yield your life to God and truly follow Him, He will guide your life and He will do it continually. What a blessing it is to have the Creator of the universe direct your way and show you what to do and where to go! Putting the Lord first in your life brings satisfaction, encouragement, strength, fruitfulness, and blessing. He will use you to encourage others. Investing your life in others will give you a great purpose in life. Sharing the Gospel and pointing people to the Lord by your words and actions are very fulfilling. Have you learned the importance of doing this? May the Lord help us all to strengthen and bless others.
Points to Ponder:
When you put the Lord first, He will satisfy you.
You can have a fresh downpour of God’s grace and mercy upon your life (Matthew 5:6; John 4:14a).
When revival comes to the human heart, it doesn’t come in a mist or sprinkle, it comes as a downpour!
Questions to Consider:
How is your garden looking today?
What dry places in your soul need to be refreshed?
What is some of the cultivating the Lord has been working in you?
Prayer, Father, thank You for showing me You are not only the master gardener but also the patient gardener. I’m weary of being dry and passionless. You care for my garden and take time to meet and walk with me in every area of my life. I see the true condition of my heart. I choose now to return to You. Would You come to my soul as a refreshing shower? Would You bring new life to my weary heart? Thank You that I don’t have to refresh myself; You refresh me. I need You, In Jesus’ name, amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.