walk in the word
Faith, Spiritual Life, Your Walk With God
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. 11 And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58: 9-11
The Bible teaches in many places that the human heart is like a garden. (Is 51:3, 61:11, Jer. 31:12) Your heart is the immaterial part of you that can know God; it’s the part that will live forever. If you weed and water and tend your heart as Scripture says to, you’ll experience a bumper crop of God’s grace in your life. Conversely, if you fail to garden your heart, first it will become overgrown with weeds, then it’ll become lifeless and dry and eventually it will just blow away. You have to take care of your heart.
Like me, maybe you’ve experienced some pretty parched days in your relationship with God. Maybe you’ve had seasons where time with God was non-existent and weekend worship was lifeless because your heart was so dry. Maybe you’re there now. Hear this; “times of refreshing can come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). You can get back to that place of refreshing growth and beauty. Yes, you can experience a fresh downpour of God’s grace and mercy upon your life.
You can know a fresh surge of energy to labor for God.
You can know a renewed joy given by God in response to choices you make and actions you take. Do you want to know for yourself what I’m talking about? Read this amazing assurance given by the prophet Hosea:
“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up… 3Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
The invitation is out, “Come.” You don’t have to be where you are. You don’t have to experience the heart-break that you’re feeling. It’s not too late to return to the Lord. Doubt can become faith. Discouragement can become joy. Despair can become purpose and fulfillment. Defeat can become victory. How can that happen in my life? I’m telling you how, return.
Do you want more of God, experienced and enjoyed? God tells you how your dry garden can be revived to the lush and beautiful again: turn back.
Truth be told, Father, I need a fresh touch of Your hand on my life. I confess that I have been satisfied with less of You than your Son died to give me. I have been lulled by mediocrity and even believed at times that more of You was not possible; I have believed the lie that You were unable to help me—but now I believe differently. I turn back to You.
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