Words from the Heart for Friday October 14th, 2016
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
How can I be a blessing to others when I have so many challenges of my own? God had told His people that He would strengthen them and make them to be refreshment to others by His power. Have you asked Him to use you in your weakness? He loves to strengthen weak people!
Did you know that there is an annual Happiness Day? Back in 2012, the United Nations designated March 20 as Happiness Day around the globe. Getting on board, Statistics Canada measured the satisfaction rates in the 33 largest municipalities in Canada from 2009 to 2012. This study is based on a pooled sample of almost 340,000 survey respondents aged 15 or older. The two cities with the highest satisfaction in Canada are both in Quebec – Saguenay and Trois-Rivières. At the bottom of the list are the residents of Toronto and Vancouver. Things change a bit when they took just those who said their level of satisfaction with their lives was either 9 or 10. In this case, the two cities at the top of the satisfaction list are both in northern Ontario – Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
There are a number of reasons someone could be satisfied with their lives. They might have family close by or enough money to live comfortably or a hobby that keeps them occupied. But these are all temporal things. When we look to these kinds of things the satisfaction can easily become despair when they are taken from us. The Bible speaks of the one source of satisfaction that will carry us through this life and into the next. Isaiah 58:1 says “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden; like a spring whose waters never fail.” God makes a wonderful promise here. He says that He will provide a satisfaction that is not dependent upon our outward experience. Even if we find ourselves in a sun-scorched land – even if life is challenging and the things the world says bring satisfaction escape us – God promises that He will water our lives with things that bring refreshment. When we are weak, He promises to provide strength. Not far from the Dead Sea is the spring of En Gedi. The land is a desert and it is always hot. But out of the dry dusty hill bubbles a cool spring of pure cool water. That is the picture God paints here for our spiritual lives. If you are going through a desert time right now, seek the Lord’s refreshing presence.
These have been words from the heart.