It doesn’t take much arguing to get people to agree that we live in a world that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. All around us we see struggles, hurt, pain and suffering. We recognize that the things we thought would bring us joy and happiness only give those feelings to us fleetingly. What are we supposed to do in the midst of this? How can we live out a life that honors God in such difficult and painful situations?
As we take the next three weeks looking at the Promise of the Spirit we’ll see just how God has planned to give us the way to live in this broken world with hope. This week, as we think about the Holy Spirit at work in us and around us, we’ll see his work enables us to have life even when we’re in desert like places in life.
It’s the promise and power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to live and to be as God created us to live and be, it’s through the Holy Spirit that we can live flourishing lives and work for the flourishing of those around us and our community.
Are there areas in your life that feel like desert places? How have you tried to address those areas? How might the Holy Spirit be working in those areas?
God has poured out his Spirit upon his people abundantly, and because he has, we can have hope!
1 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
Israel, whom I have chosen.
2 This is what the Lord says—
he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.”
5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;
others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
and will take the name Israel.”