Let’s all come to an agreement on one thing: God gives great things to us. Look around and take in your blessings. We have so much. What is your favorite thing that God has given to you? Is it your family? A spouse? A new iPhone? I don’t know about you, but here are two of my favorites: a road and a river. Without realizing it, I’m fairly certain that if you are reading this today, you too have been given a road and a river. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at Isaiah 43:19:
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
I came across this verse on New Year’s day; I knew it wasn’t a coincidence. Have you ever been at a point in life where you were in a wilderness? Not a physical wilderness, but perhaps a spiritual or emotional one. Life was, or perhaps is right now, extremely hard for you. When these times come, things can get disorienting. So much so that we can become lost in the deserts or wildernesses of life. We, like Israel, are left wandering, searching for a way out. It’s hot, it’s desolate, and it’s a place that seems lifeless. Then, just when we have almost given up, it happens.
God Provides a Road in the Wilderness
It might not sound like much, and it might not be what we want, but it’s probably what we need. Do you know what a road is for? Traveling. And most of the roads that I’ve been on lead somewhere. Furthermore, if God is the one making the roadway, I’m confident that it leads somewhere good. Perhaps God is showing you a path out of your wilderness. What’s the catch? You have to follow it. A road isn’t much use unless you travel on it. But be careful, straying off of this path can quickly lead to disaster.
It’s probably not going to be a short journey. It will be hard. There will be days where you feel like falling down on your knees, never to walk again. Strength will be a necessity, but not your strength. God’s strength. He will provide.
In a Dry and Arid Land, God Provides a River
Not all Hollywood stereotypes are true, but let’s face it: there is very little water in a desert. So not only does God provide water, but he provides an entire river! On the journey down the road that God has provided, you will get tired and thirsty. Walking around out in the sun usually does this to me. I like to think that the river runs parallel to the road, so that there is a constant source of renewal. He provides water for the weary.
The River and the Road, a Message of Hope
Between the River and the Road, I’d say things are looking up. It may not be a 5-star hotel, but then again, life isn’t. Sure, these two things have practical uses in terms of the journey taken, but they also have a much stronger effect: hope. Without God’s provision and help, we are without hope. And without hope, there is only death. So, are you in need of some hope today?
If you are one of His children, He will provide for you. He provides hope. Sometimes, that hope comes in the form of a Road and a River. You simply have to start walking the dusty road, remember that God is by your side, and one day soon you’ll begin to notice the cracked and muddied earth giving way to a promised land.