“He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.”

2 Samuel 23:4

After several cloudy months and long periods without rain, there is weariness to the vegetation. We wonder if life can still come. I was instructed by a master gardener to make a small break in the stem of a plant, looking for any hint of green, revealing life.

We have all at times found ourselves fading under life’s burdens: sickness, death of a loved one, financial loss, relational trials, and so on. Remember Jesus’ invitation to those who are weary and burdened (see Matthew 11:28). Call out to Him to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. We need the brilliance of His presence to shine; we need the showers of His refreshing grace. He will answer when we call. Soon hope arises even out of places in our lives where He has painfully broken in.

Isaiah prophesied about the coming joy for the people of Israel, saying it would be like the parched desert ground awakening to gladness, like the wilderness rejoicing and bursting forth in blossom (Isaiah 35:1). As His redeemed people, we trust in His wondrous care.




Scripture Focus

Isaiah 9:1-2

Insight

“He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain…; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.” (Job 36:27-28)

Bible In A Year

  • Deuteronomy 30-31
  • Psalm 94
  • Acts 18