I am making … streams in the wasteland – Isaiah 43:19 NIV
In my last blog I talked about the wilderness test and suggested that God uses difficult seasons to prepare us for things ahead—things sometimes far greater than we could ever achieve without the pain we were walking through. But, Isaiah doesn’t end in the wilderness in Isaiah 43:19. The wilderness prepares us to appreciate the living water to come.
Isaiah gives us the promise of God making streams in the wasteland. While the pathway is given by God as our direction, the stream is God’s provision to get us out of our world-based desert and restore us fully in Him
Water is often used in the Scriptures as a characteristic of the provisions of divine mercy. Often it denotes the comfort and refreshment which the gospel furnishes to sinful and suffering man in his journey through this world.
Now, let’s look at the definition for stream: a body of running water (such as a river or brook) flowing on the earth. So, when one hears these words of Isaiah, rich with the geographical markers of the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, the prophet is exclaiming the promise of spiritual vitality.
God is the One who overflows us with His unfailing love and grace. It is God who brings spiritual refreshment to our dry and weary (and sometimes disobedient) souls. It is God who makes a way for us to be replenished in our dry season of life.
God’s promises of relief and sustained grace nourish and invigorate us. His truth and love are like streams of cool running water in the wastelands of life. Those dry seasons of difficulty give way to refreshing, rejuvenating ones when we place our hope in Jesus. He longs for us to recognize the new life He is breathing into our lives.
This has always been God’s intention for His people. ‘For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills’ (Deuteronomy 8:7 NLT). God makes these promises:
- to bring us into a good land
- to bring us to flowing streams and pools of water
- to bring us to fountains and springs
- to refresh us from the rivers of God
It is where the children of Israel, as they wandered through the wilderness, would come to depend on God’s provision for all of their needs. Is it any different for us today?
Never forget what God has already brought us through.
I think that’s what I love about Isaiah 43:19. When God says he’s doing something new, you can be sure it’s going to happen. What He does promise, is that in the middle of our wasteland that He will make streams of relief. Streams of renewal and refreshment.
Are you expecting God to do a new thing in your life? That may seem overwhelming when you consider your present circumstances but take courage – the Bible declares that God has made a way, carved a road to lead you and positioned rivers of provision to refresh you.
Put your faith in Jesus and streams of living water that truly satisfies your soul will flow from within you! If anyone is thirsty, let them COME to me and drink, says the Lord. “Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” – John 7:38 (MSG)
Whether the ‘streams of living water’ in your life is river deep, or like trickling water or totally absent; God invites you today to drink from the well of salvation and do it again tomorrow and the day after! Ask God – to swim river deep, in that stream of life, of blessing and of renewal. The river of God’s Spirit.
God has something new in store for each of us! Something greater than we can even image! But we have to be willing to accept this new thing and take action to achieve it. God doesn’t expect us to be spectators in our own lives, He wants us to participate fully in this new thing and see it through to fruition.
God is always doing whatever He is doing with newness and redemption in mind. And if He has allowed something to “die” in our lives – whether it be a dream, a loved one, a career, or something entirely different – He will always bring new life and spiritual refreshment again.
Restoration indeed is always a new and different way!