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Are You Thirsty?

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. Isaiah 41:17-18 NIV

Just as we need physical food to survive, we also need spiritual food for spiritual growth. There is only one place where your spiritual life can be sustained. Only the LORD can provide what we need. In our verses today, we see how the LORD provides for us.

Divine Provision: The imagery in these verses emphasizes God’s ability to provide for His people even in the most desolate and barren circumstances. The promise of rivers flowing in barren heights and springs in valleys portrays God’s power to transform dry and hopeless situations into ones of abundance and life.

God’s Faithfulness: Despite the struggles of the poor and needy, God assures them that He will not forsake them. This underscores the faithfulness of God to His covenant promises and His enduring commitment to His people.

Spiritual Thirst: The thirst described in verse 17 can also be understood as a spiritual thirst for God’s presence and provision. Just as physical water satisfies physical thirst, God promises to satisfy the spiritual needs of His people.

Hope and Restoration: These verses offer hope and assurance to those who are struggling or facing difficult circumstances. They serve as a reminder that God is capable of bringing transformation and restoration to every aspect of our lives, even in the midst of barrenness and despair.

Overall, Isaiah 41:17-18 speaks to the faithfulness and provision of God, offering comfort and hope to those who trust in Him, even in the most challenging circumstances.

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalms 63:1 NIV

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:17 NIV

–Diane (blog.peacebewithu.org)

Written by Diane Levy

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