“This is what the Lord says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.” —Isaiah 44:2-4.
Jehovah promises His Spirit in times of dryness; the Spirit comes upon His people like fresh rain in their lives. The Spirit is a blessing for the renewal of His people. The renewal of God always manifests itself as the faithful and available group that obeys God, and as the group with which God can work to carry out His mission.
The Spirit makes a big difference in the people who receive Him.
The prophet uses the metaphor of “fertility and water flow” — which maximizes the production of the fruit of the earth — as an example of the Spirit being poured out for the blessing on His people.
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified” (John 7:37-39). Jesus promised His disciples that He would send His Spirit upon them. Jesus uses the metaphor of the Spirit as a river of refreshing, living water for those who believe in Him. The Holy Spirit in the life of the believer will keep him/her with a freshness of life in his/her walk with the Lord.
In the walk of life and service, a person can become dry and lose the fluidity of the stream of water that the Spirit provides.
“Spiritual power is expended naturally by your ministry. The more you minister, the more you need your power renewed. The busier you become, the more you need your power renewed, the more you need spiritual refreshment and replenishing” (Wesley I. Duewel, Ablaze for God, 1989).
Prayer for the week:
Holy Spirit, when I go through the seasons of dryness in my life, give me a new touch of your freshness. Amen.
Roberto Hodgson is Multicultural Ministries Director for the Church of the Nazarene.
Written for Coffee Break with Holiness Today.