“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.” (Isaiah 58:11, NKJV)
As we look at our world, we find ourselves in a spiritual desert. However, God has made provision for his people as they cultivate their relationship with him. This verse gives us hope as we make our way through the world.
First, we have God’s promise of guiding us continually. The Psalmist said, “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.” (Psalm 25:15, NKJV)
The Lord is TRUE NORTH on the compass of our life. If we fix our eyes on him, he will direct our steps and counsel us.
How does he satisfy our soul in drought? He does it through his Word. Scripture constantly reminds us of the necessity of our feeding our soul on the Word of God:
“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3, NKJV)
There were periods in David’s life when he had to strengthen himself in the Lord. This can be done through reflecting on God’s Word and reminding ourselves of his promises and provisions in the past. We also know his presence nourishes us as we look to him.
If we practice strengthening ourselves in the Word, we will be like a watered garden, an oasis in the middle of the desert. His Spirit can flow through us, making us like a stream whose waters do not fail.
In practicing the Word of God is absolutely the central ingredient for thriving.
Today, ask yourself: In what ways does God satisfy my thirsty soul?
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