New Life daily devotion - Apr. 12, 2011

Narrow Path to Living Water
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. . .
Isaiah 58:11a

God doesn’t have a giant roulette wheel in the sky that determines our destiny.  Neither are we subject to fate.  Our lives are governed and guided by the merciful will of God, and His plan for us is one of blessing.

Blessing, though, doesn’t mean the absence of suffering or conflict. For God brings or allows suffering in order to facilitate growth and maturity.  God will give you what you need to get through any situation, and what He wants to give you most is the blessing of Himself.  He longs for you to know that a loving relationship with Him is more valuable than anything else.

As God restores your soul, He also purifies your desire.  He wants you to stop taking detours into the world’s path of possessions, power, and superficial pleasure.  He wants you to stay on course and continue to move toward Him.

The narrow path leads you to Living Water—pure and deeply satisfying to your thirsty soul.  Even though the refining process is marked by periods of pain, I have found that knowing God is the only thing in the world that I truly desire.  When my heart is right with Him, all of my other joys follow.  This is my prayer for you:  That you will walk the narrow path that leads to the Living Water. 

“The longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

-          Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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