Today’s application comes from Isaiah 35-5-10
Through His great and precious promises, God generously sprinkles His seed of joy in our heart. Yet too often what we reap in our hearts is anything but joy. If you we were to look at these promises found here as flowers in a garden we would come to understand that faith takes root in the garden of trust. That our love for God grows deeper as we experience His faithfulness to us through adversity and trials of all kinds shapes and sizes.
A quote from Grandmothers Bible said the following, “That the tender seedling of God’s joy and the stubborn weed of self-pity cannot survive in the same garden.” I don’t know about you, but I sure do try to combine those too, and a few more incompatible items, in the same garden. But the truth is I can’t, for one will choke out the other. The bottom line is I must choose which one I will let flourish and which one I will choose to choke out.
Joy is not just happiness or a feeling of euphoria; it is much more. Joy is feeling of contentment rooted way down deep no matter the circumstances going on in our life or the world around us. Joy doesn’t spring up from a life filled with only goodness and no pain. This kind of joy takes root and blooms in a life filled with adversity. This kind of joy comes from the Holy Spirit as He cultivates in us His Fruit. This kind of joy comes from a life that has learned to lean on and trust in the one true God! It comes as we allow God to be our Master Gardner.
Circumstances in our world right now are not so great. But nevertheless God has it all in His eternal grasp and we have His promises right now today! These promises weren’t just written to a people of long ago… they were written to us today!!!! Faith is being sure, confident, of what we hope for and and certain of what we do not see.
May you find joy in the promises of God found in Isaiah.
Until next time – Be encouraged