Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "God Reveals His Presence"1 (Lyrics)
The power of the sun beating down on the earth is oppressive. Every living thing wilts as dehydration begins. Leaves and flowers dip their heads as moisture evaporates. Animals seek shade in an effort to find relief. Human movements and thoughts slow and become laboured. They all need life-giving water, as well as shade and rest. Water refreshes the plants, and just as surely revives birds and humans. Watering my garden, I sense an analogy.
The heat of sin can drain us, too! One by one, big and small, sins come in to our lives, causing struggle. We become wearied as we seek comfort in a demanding world. Some, sadly, give up, losing their will to continue the battle. When we accept the comfort of spiritual refreshing — the water of life from the Son of God, Jesus — it is long-lasting, and it also benefits us physically. We are totally rejuvenated with an in-filling of sustaining energy. His cathartic renewal lasts forever, sustaining us day by day.
We can hold our heads high when we seek and accept forgiveness for our wrongs, from a God greater by far than the power of the sun. He is the maker of all things, and He loves us all more than we know. Only He can redeem us from our unhealthy or precarious habits and bring us to a safe place: a place of rest. The refreshing of His Word, the Bible, energizes us to move forward, one step at a time, in new directions as we see beyond our troubles.
Hosea 14:7a – Those who dwell under His shadow shall return. They shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine. (NKJV)
Isaiah 57:18a – I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him. (NKJV)
So, in the heat of life, there is a place we can triumph. We do not have to wither and die when the heat becomes too great. God is the One to follow, and Jesus is the Way to rise above trials and survive. The water of life helps us to come clean, in whatever situation we find ourselves.
Jeremiah 30:22 – You shall be My people, and I will be your God. (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight. (NKJV)
Prayer: We thank You, Abba, Father, for giving us Jesus, who brings us refreshment, redemption, and salvation. We accept His Way as being the only way to live. Amen.