Streams in the Desert
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. ~Isaiah 35:6
Death Valley is purported to be the largest national park outside of Alaska covering 3.3 million acres of land. It is primarily a desert location with extreme conditions and weather. Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in America, with summer temperatures peaking above 120 F°, and an average rainfall of 2 inches per year. Deserts are places where intense heat, sand storms, barrenness, lack of water, and desert wildlife (snakes, lizards, vultures, etc.) draw primarily the more adventurous to explore it. In our devotion this morning, the Lord speaks about water breaking out in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
There is the metaphor of a desert.
A desert is used to describe times of dryness, wandering, waiting, and discipline. In a desert, you can see for miles but all you see is sand. In a desert, you can travel for many miles and find no water. Rain is very sparse or non-existent in a desert. Sand storms can form unexpectedly and be blinding and stinging. You can lose your direction and wander aimlessly in a desert. Sometimes, God places us in a desert setting to help us in areas of our lives that we have left God out of.
There is the ministry in a desert.
A desert is a time of trial in our lives. A desert is a time of patience-building. God uses a desert setting to make us thirsty for Him. In a desert, we pray for the rain of revival. In a desert setting, the hot sun beating down on us and the hot desert sand beneath our feet make us realize God uses pressure cooker situations to draw us to Him. In a desert, we see how barren we are. In a desert setting, we realize nothing beautiful or fruitful has been coming out of our life. In a desert setting, a sudden sand storm turns us about and makes us realize we need a GPS (God’s Providential Supply) for the next step. You might be in a desert right now. Let God speak to you as you walk through your desert situation.
There is the makeover from a desert.
“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.” God uses the desert to change us! Our eyes are opened so that we can see clearly. Our ears are unstopped so that we can hear clearly. Instead of being lame and unable to walk, we can leap and jump for joy. Our mouth is opened and songs of praise come forth. Amazingly, waters break forth and there are streams in the desert. There is water where previously it was all wasteland. The refreshing water of the Word of God satisfies our spiritual thirst. The living water of the Spirit starts to flow out our lives. We have renewed vision for our lives and ministry. We can hear the joyful sounds once again. We have our speaking ability for witnessing and encouragement restored once again. Instead of people having to minister to us, we can walk again and are ministering to people. We see our ministry as strengthening the weak hands and confirming the feeble knees. There is change and transformation from a desert setting.
Are you going through a desert experience? Don’t languish and give up. Let God use your experience to make your wilderness break out with water and streams in the desert!
Have a revived God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Romans 8-10