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February 22, 2015

Streams …in the Desert

Sunday Morning Podcast February 22, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: ISAIAH 35:1-10 

1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
2  It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
3  Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
4  Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Isa 35:6  Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
7  And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
9  No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
10  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

This 35th chapter of Isaiah tells how the spiritual heart, (though once a desert condition), can then blossom in the excellence of God.  He gives spiritual strength, and gives vengeance for the evil that abounds. Water wells spring up in the dry lands that were desolate.  It shall be called a highway of holiness (verse 8), that no predators can come upon.  How many would be able to testify to having this experience?  This is where each of us needs to be found, spiritually.  The 34th chapter tells of the spiritual heart before spiritual prosperity,  or before God saves it out from sin.  It also tells here, how God’s fury, (or curse), is poured out on the evils of sinful, worldly and vain conditions. God sees this as where a soul lives before being saved.  In a dry, hopeless, and vain condition.  But through Salvation, God comes to that life of vanity, as a stream of living water to a desert.  A stream that makes the soul bountiful and fruitful in holiness.

This desert condition is not restricted to only the life before Salvation though. It also can depict one, (though already saved),  now found in a very dark and dry time in their soul. A time of deep sorrow, or grief, that would make God seem far away.  It is then one must turn by faith to God, even though He cannot be felt or seen with literal eyes.  When you exercise true faith, you choose God  to rescue you from the shadows of severe trials.  To once again flourish, and blossom in His living streams.  It is a time also to recognize more fully, how desolate one is without God’s living stream flowing, in “the sometimes” parched conditions of life.  “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.Isaiah 35:8 

God provides “signposts” to His highway of holiness, making the most simple of minds, able to understand it.  He provides us, “streams….in the desert.”