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Behold, the Mirage Becomes a Pool!

Anchor Devotional - 07.23.13


"...'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)

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.

Scripture Focus

Isaiah 35:1-10

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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