We receive His mercy, He gets the glory
I will plant trees in the barren desert—cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine. I am doing this so all who see this miracle will understand what it means—that it is the Lord who has done this, the Holy One of Israel who created it. Isaiah 41:19-20 NLT
God responds to us in our situation and difficulties by His mercy. He accomplishes His plan and He gets the glory. Isaiah from v. 2 asked the question “Who has stirred up this king from the east, rightly calling him to God’s service?” The One that allowed the turmoil to take place because of humanity’s rebellion towards God is not someone to be feared. By His sovereign greatness He also pours out His mercy and grace providing life-giving nourishment upon dry and hungry soul. The refreshing outpouring symbolizes bountiful salvation overflowing through the Holy Spirit. When we thirst for God expressed in prayer, He answers with the greatest gift in the universe: “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11:13). God responds not with light sprinkling but rivers and fountains of living water: “Those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14). We need that much of God for life is exhausting and oftentimes we are dry and parched. When God refreshes us, He receives the glory. Therefore, let us seek this outpouring and embrace the wholeness He provides. Can you say that your life is a living proof of God’s refreshing work in your soul? God is nourishing and filling our lives with meaning so that others will see His miracle work in us and “understand what it means—that it is the Lord who has done this” (Isaiah 41:20). Give your life to God and let Him fill you with meaning and direction so that He will be glorified.