July 12 – God Blesses with What We Need

Let me list a few more blessings from the prophet Isaiah allowing the blessings to flow and to show God’s faithfulness.  Then the LORD will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock… how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free… For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.  God cares about the things we need and He wonderfully provides.

Chiang Mai, the city our children call home, is nestled in the mountains of northern Thailand.  For about nine months out of the year I find the weather to be perfect, but then comes the extremely hot, dry, smoky season.  Pollution from burning the remains of the harvested crops lingers in the valley, making it challenging to breathe, and a thick haze blocks the mountains from view.  Vegetation wilts and browns, and all of God’s creation anticipates the coming rains. Distant thunder brings hope, as year after year God faithfully provides what is needed.

We do need rain in due season (or whatever equivalent is relevant to our present day livelihood) and we need the Holy Spirit poured out.  God, please pour out Your blessings upon us, the Thai people and those all over the earth, just like rain clouds pour the rain.  I pray that we would take in Your Word the way a thirsty land absorbs the showers.  Amen.

Isaiah 30:23 NLT; Isaiah 32:20 NIV; Isaiah 44:3 ESV