“The Lord will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.” – Isaiah 51:3 NLT
Today God wants to tell you: “I’m getting ready to rain on your desert places.” Even the places in your life that have been a barren wilderness will be transformed into something like the garden of Eden.
A desert place is an area of your life that has been dry and unfruitful. There could be many different causes for this. Perhaps you’ve been hurt by destructive words or events. Maybe you’ve drifted away from the Lord or not followed one of His instructions.
No matter what circumstances have brought about your dry season, this can be the day when your covenant relationship with God is restored. But God may want you to take some “step” of faith in order to spark your turnaround.
The Waiting Process
Genesis 8:22 declares, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest … shall not cease.” If you look closely at this passage, there are three distinct elements: First, there must be a seed, then there must be time, and after that God will provide a harvest.
If you’ve sown a seed and haven’t received your harvest yet, it may be that you’ve forgotten a missing ingredient: waiting! Let’s be honest. Nobody likes that word: W-A-I-T. Yet it’s a powerful part of God’s process to bless your life.
This principle is found throughout the Bible. David said in Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”
So, you’ve got to wait. But this doesn’t mean you’re supposed to be passive or detached. While you’re waiting, you should continue to speak to your seed and continue to water your seed through your prayers and your faith.
Friend, God will reward your waiting. Lamentations 3:25 promises: “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” Whether your harvest comes overnight or you must wait for days, months, or even years, you can have confidence in what this verse says: The Lord is Good!
Get Ready for Rain
Someone has well said, “God’s not trying to get something from you; He’s trying to get something to you.”
When you sow seeds in faith and patiently await your harvest, the Lord’s rain will be poured out upon your marriage, children, grandchildren, and other loved ones. His rain will transform your finances and cause your spirit, mind, and body to flourish. And He has also promised to renew your strength as you patiently wait on Him (Isaiah 40:31).
Never forget that God is a covenant God. Deuteronomy 4:31 says, “He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.”
No matter the wait, God is faithful to answer prayer. You can take Him at His Word to fulfill His covenant promises.