Friday, August 28, 2015

+DEV+ A Mirage Is A Pool

Date: August 28, 2015 12:07 AM
Topic: +DEV+  A Mirage Is A Pool

A Mirage Is A Pool

"...'Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.' The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water." (Isaiah 35:4, 7, NKJV)

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 35:1-10

There is a famous scene in the film Lawrence Of Arabia where a sheik mounted on a camel emerges slowly out of a shimmering mirage. "Parched ground" in our verse means "mirage," bringing to mind that scene from the movie. 

In deserts in the blistering heat, one sees something that looks like a pool of water but, when approached, is nothing more than burning sand. This has deluded many a desert wanderer. You may get a similar idea driving on hot roads. With these images in mind, we see that "mirage" is a metaphor for the keenest of disappointments. 

Our passage describes the New Earth. When in this life we catch a glimpse of some promised blessing and it doesn't come to fruition, it is like a mirage, a dashed hope. But God promises that the mirage will be a real pool filled from gushing springs! The yearned-for blessing will be ours in unbelievable fullness. Every boon hoped for from the Lord will be a reality. 

Never doubt the promised future we have in Jesus, for nothing disappoints in God's future.

Insight: I may drift into thinking that promises are for others and not me. The "behold" in Isaiah is directed to you and me, "those who are fearful-hearted."

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