Day 66: Rivers in the desert

I really want this to be simple.

I know the Lord has so much to teach us through this verse, and I don’t want us to miss it. From the beginning of chapter 43 we see God working on behalf of Israel and His heart to redeem them.

The testimony of God’s faithfulness is Israel who as a nation failed God time and time again. He had continued to prove Himself trustworthy and good, but the people soon forgot all His promises in light of their complaining and idol-making.

Even last night I caught myself falling into the same trap that I’ve strolled into countless times. I know the enemy uses the desires of my heart as a stumbling block while God longs to build a worthy foundation.

Today, I want to leave us with this powerful thought:

Behold, I will do something new. Now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.

Notice that God didn’t say I will give you some hints in the wilderness so you don’t get entirely lost. Or, here’s a glass of water to get you through the desert.

No, He will make a roadway to guide us and a river to sustain us. We may not know how or when or what God will do in our lives, but we can trust that He is a good, good Father who wants to grow and mature us.

The wait may be longer than you’d hoped. The trial may be more difficult than you’d imagined. The temptation to compromise may be stronger than you feel equipped for.

But God.

He is doing something new!

So, do not let your temporary circumstances navigate your life or distort your belief in an unchanging God. Hold onto the hope that He doesn’t just want to do something in your life, He wants to do something new and in abundance.

Enter into His presence today with a thankful heart, open to hear from Him in a mighty way. Come expecting a river, and you can bet He will pour Himself out.

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