A State of the Heart

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. Isaiah 58:11

I once read of a man who, one Sunday morning, received a vision from God as he stood in worship . In the vision, God showed him the persons worshipping in the church. Many were busy singing, but their hearts and minds were not on the Lord.

In Isaiah 58, the people appeared to be doing the right thing. They were visiting the temple as they should and appeared to delight in God’s words, but it was all a show, for they were disobedient and actually despised His words. They were fasting, but God was not pleased with them. Although they were particular about the order of things, they were not seeing the expected blessings of God. They asked why.

We have fasted before you,” they say. “Why aren’t you impressed? Why don’t you see our sacrifices? Why don’t you hear our prayers?” Isaiah 58:3a TLB

God sent His prophet to proclaim to them why, and to remind them of His expectations of them. God also showed them what would happen if they returned to Him.

God’s desire is that His people enjoy the numerous blessings He has for them. Sin separates us from God, but He always makes a way for His people to return to Him.

Jesus came for that very reason, to restore the relationship between God and man. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we continue the work that Jesus started.

As God’s people serve Him, God promises to guide them. He will take care of every need. He will invigorate those who trust Him, even in a season of drought. God will satisfy all that hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matt 5:6). He renews the strength of His followers and refreshes them.

And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail”.

Prayer: Father, please help us to always walk in the light of your word, and may we find joy in our relationship with You. Amen

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