Seasons of drought and parched souls

Seasons of drought and parched souls

When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law – Galatians 4:4

Isaiah 35:3-10

 3 With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.

 4 Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”

 5 And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf.

 6 The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland.

 7 The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish where desert jackals once lived.

 10 Those who have been ransomed by the LORD will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.

Most all of us have seen seasonal cycles of growth. In the Fall, vegetation goes into a dormant stage and prepares for cold weather. In the Spring, warmth and rain bring forth new life. Sometimes “seasons” can be irregular. Buried beneath the sand of the Mojave Desert, are untold numbers of wildflower seeds. Under the right conditions and at the right time, an abundance of wildflowers burst forth and cover the ground with vibrant, beautiful color.

The dry desert must be soaked by abundant rain and warmed by the sun at just the right times to bloom with abundant beauty hidden seemingly dead beneath the sands. Otherwise, the desert is just a desert.

So it is with us. Often our lives are parched and dry seemingly without end. During such difficult times, many of us have grave doubts regarding the love and involvement of our heavenly Father in our lives. When we really get pushed against the wall, our doubts become so great, we might even doubt the truth of our faith.

But we forget that the Father created both the seasons and the unseen seeds of life. He’s also controls the timing of the events of our lives.

The Father created time and put humanity in it to experience sequence and change. For the Father everything is always now, and He sees the end from the beginning.

REFLECT & PRAY

As I review my life, I see both parched times and times growth and beauty. I also realize that I control neither.

Father I acknowledge that You are in control and sovereign. You have appointed a time for everything under heaven. Encourage me to stand firm in times of drought and doubt.

INSIGHT

Sometimes we simply do not understand what’s going on and it makes no sense to us. The unseen hand of our loving Father has been at work all the time. And suddenly, we find ourselves in the right place at the right time. What happens next is truly incredible.

The Father has given us His Word to provide truth and encouragement during difficult times. The Father made promises. There is a time coming when the Father will make all things right. Without doubt the Old Testament predicted the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ at exactly the right time of the Father’s choosing. Several specific miracles were prophesied.

Isaiah 35:4-6

 4 Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.

 5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.

 6 Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Arabah.

These are specific miracles that the Lord Jesus Christ performed during His life on earth. They were part of the validation of His identity. Even the great forerunner of the Messiah, John the Baptist, had grave doubts when he was imprisoned and facing death. The world that John had known had come to an end. He actually began to wonder if the Lord Jesus Christ was truly the Messiah. Recall exactly who John the Baptist was and the miraculous confirmation that he had regarding Christ’s identity.

Matthew 11:11 I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!

Luke 3:21-22

 21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,

 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”

Yet even John the Baptist, the amazing herald of the Lord Jesus Christ, questioned and had moments of doubt.

The answer to John’s questions and doubts was swift and precise. The promises of the Father regarding Jesus had been and were being fulfilled.

Matthew 11:2-5

 2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples

 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

 4 And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:

 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.

Matt 16:15-17

 15 “But who do you say that I am?”

 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven

Can we trust the Father through life’s seasons of drought and drenching storms? The answer of course is a resounding yes! There is a time when even the most parched souls bloom! The Father never makes a promise that He does not keep.

Romans 11:29 The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

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