Isaiah 58:11 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. (NKJV)
The bird bath in our backyard attracts a lot of wildlife. Sitting outside one warm day, I watched in fascination as a wasp gently landed on the edge of the birdbath and began drinking the water; I’d never seen this before. Then another wasp joined it, and another, and ‘Oh, my goodness’ pretty soon there were many, many more! My fascination turned to mild alarm at so many of these ‘ornery’ insects so close to me. There had to be a nest close by and they had found a refreshing ‘spring’ in our garden.
Sin or wrongs, can be a little like that. One by one, they enter our lives, initially not attracting our attention: turning a blind eye here, having a lax attitude there, letting one rule after another be bent, and changing a few morals from good to bad. But a day comes when we are suddenly aware of how many we have allowed into our lives. We’ve allowed sins to multiply one by one, until we’re a welcome watering hole for them.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. (NKJV)
Only God can guide us and hopefully, the day will come when we realize that we have nowhere else to go but to God! Nobody else can help or is willing to listen. We are left trying to decide how we can ‘go ! What do we do next? It is a place of despair, but we can be assured that if we will only ask God for His help and ask Him to guide all that we think, say or do, we will experience a refreshing in our hearts and spirits, that only He can give. He will bring us to His ‘watering hole’ of truth and right-living. He will let us know where we have gone wrong, and what we need to do about it. This advice can be found only in the bible, it is God’s watering hole, and if we will only trust the words it holds for us, it becomes a refreshing place, where we will find comfort and sustenance for our dried-up spirits.
Prayer: Father God, let us come to You and only You for our refreshing: let us be wise in where and how we meet our internal needs because to choose unwisely will lead us to external disquiet and trouble.
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