Thriving in seasons of drought
"The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate."
Today there are many droughts around the world. They can be quite devastating, resulting in prolonged shortages of water, impacting the ecosystem and agriculture; eventually affecting the local economies. Drought can lead to famine and other disasters. Ultimately, drought can lead to desolation and death.
Many times it is like this in our walk with the Lord. The circumstances around us and the prevailing emotional, social and physical conditions of our lives bring us to a place of desolation - a place filled with unhappiness, loneliness, gloom and doom, despondency, grief and more.
But this is not God’s will for our lives. This is not what Christ died for. And this is certainly not what Christ now lives for. You see, it was a joy set before Jesus to endure the cross on our behalf. In fact, the very nature and essence of Christ is that the true love and joy of God was made perfect in and through His suffering.
So today, whilst there may be earthly droughts around about us, if we believe that Christ is in us and us in Him, then out of us should flow rivers of living water. Our attitude and the way we witness for Christ in this world should always be filled with His joy, love and peace. Nothing should rob us of the fruit of the spirit of Christ in us.
Be encouraged today to draw from the well of living water, Jesus. When we drink of the water of this world, we will thirst again: But, when we drink of the water that Jesus gives to us, we will never thirst; and the water that Christ gives to us shall be in us a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Additional scriptures for reading:
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.