Recently, I bumbled through the Wal-Mart in my new, Bible-belt town in an effort to acquire a few odds and ends.
As I paced the front of the store where the women’s clothes are displayed, a bright t-shirt caught my eye. The front of it read, “Where God guides, He provides.”
My brain searched for a Bible verse that would support this textile’s claim. That verse was Isaiah 58:11: “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
When we step into new and unfamiliar seasons, focusing on the sun-scorched aspects of our circumstances is easy. Feelings of worry, loneliness, or failure dry up our well—making us feel as if our efforts to connect or minister are in vain. Our frames become weak and vulnerable.
Remembering these negative feelings can only gain a foothold in our lives when we forget where our living water comes from is important. When we fail to spend time with God, we fail to spend time being watered and end up in a dry and desolate spiritual climate. Failing to remember who waters our garden leaves us trying to self-water, which is akin to watering a garden with an eyedropper.
Though our current surroundings may be sun-scorched, we have a promise from God that He will provide us with the life giving water our souls need. By spending time remembering and meditating on this promise, God permits living waters to spring up in our lives.
Remember, wherever God guides, He provides.
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