‘The poor and needy search for water,
but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
and the parched ground into springs.
I will put in the desert
the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers on the wasteland,
the fir and the cyprus together,
so that people may see and know,
may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.’
Read that closely, word for word. See how He moves in the ‘impossible’, in the ‘hopelessness’? He completely does a 180 and turns barrenness and empty wasteland into places of fruitfulness, abundance and life. This is the very nature of God’s character. He brings life where there is death. He brings fruitfulness where there is nothingness. He brings joy where there is pain. Our God is a God of Life.
When things are impossible, there is God.
When things are hopeless, there is God.
When things are desperate, there is God.
When the world says ‘no’, there is God.
When there is no way out, there is God.
When there is heartache, there is God.
When there is tragedy, there is God.
When there is loss, there is God.
When there is emptiness, there is God.
When there is no-one else, there is God.
Read Isaiah 41 in full. Promise after promise after promise! Promises that are not empty words but powerful truths! He is the only thing that is faithful throughout it all. No other god compares. He is the only one that lives. He is involved in every detail and He does not let us down. He is always with us.
In ALL things, there is God, the Helper of Israel (as chapter 41 in Isaiah is aptly titled). He makes the impossible, possible.
Be grateful for all the challenging and seemingly impossible circumstances you will encounter in life. Because it is in those moments, where you truly see His glory at work and truly experience the height and width and depth and breadth of His incredible love!
Love, Abbie x