The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will
strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
We are currently experiencing the “dog days” of summer. It’s hot and humid outside. It’s the
kind of heat that fogs up your glasses as soon as you walk outside. It’s the kind of heat that will
cause you to sweat as you walk to your car in the sweltering parking lot. It’s the kind of heat
that makes us thankful for air conditioning, refreshing beverages and anything else that can
cool us down.
We like to be refreshed. In the heat of the summer, we continually look for ways to cool down
and feel the refreshment that alleviates the heat of the day. After working outside all day for
our job, working in our yards, running or exercising outside or just living life trying to get things
done, it’s refreshing to come inside to the cool or to enjoy a beverage that cools us down.
Refreshment is always welcome during the hot days of a Tennessee summer.
Yet, refreshment can come in other forms as well and in even more important forms. We live in
a challenging world during challenging times. We see the struggle in our society as more and
more people are leaving Christ behind and pursuing the things of the world. We see the
immorality around us. We see the hypocrisy among religious leaders as they seek the blessing
of security upon earth at the expense of Kingdom values. We see the ravages of addiction upon
our community. We see too many families falling apart and too many of our children choosing
to live lives that they weren’t taught to live. We feel the strain of too many bills and not enough
money. Some of us have felt the sting and despair of layoffs or job terminations. Others of us
feel the pain of our bodies gradually failing us and the frustration as we can no longer do what
we used to do or want to do. We grow weary as these various struggles in life pile up on us. We
feel the weight. We experience the pain. We struggle to keep going.
As life gets weary, I’m thankful that we have a God who promises to be with us. He promises to
sustain us and replenish us. He promises to strengthen us as we face the daily battles, we each
are facing. As our load gets heavy and we feel like quitting, He promise to provide relief to us.
No matter what you are facing today (and aren’t we all facing something!) he promises to walk
with us, guide us and replenish us with His strength and grace.
If you are feeling the heat of life today, turn to Him. He will meet you in His word. He will meet
you in prayer. He will meet you in the encouragement and kind words of a child of His who
loves you. He will replenish and refresh you. Don’t give up. Relief is coming by the hand of the