Friday, January 21, 2011

When God Leaves You in a Dry Place

Isaiah 58:11 says...
"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."

This verse is part of what I have been reading this week, and one observation here stands out for me.  The promise of strength and refreshing and continual blessing - all those things that God does for us -  is placed in the context of what God does not do.  God does all of this "in the scorched places."  God does not say "I will remove you from the scorched places and then..."  

One of the mistakes I think many Christ-followers make is deciding that long periods of time in scorched places indicates a lack of God's presence and the absence of blessings.  But at least here in Isaiah, the promise of an endless flow of God's presence and life-giving strength is given precisely to those in the driest of all places just when we need it most.

If you are in a scorched place, begin to look for God's grace to show up.  If you are in a scorched place of financial struggles, or a relational disaster, or a place of spiritual dryness and doubt, it just may be that you are in the perfect place to be surprised by God's grace and provision.

So may you rejoice in the dry places knowing that God is already with you.  May you experience the strength and flow of God's Spirit.  And may you even become one who ministers strength and blessings and provision to others who are also dwelling in life's scorched places.   

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