Different Needs – Same God   part 5          Midweek Devotional                                             08-19-20

Psalm 107:33-43 

 

GOD Can Change Things

 

Our God can turn anything around!  In the last four weeks studying this passage we’ve seen those lost and wandering, guided to a city.  Those who were captured in darkness given light, with their chains broken. Those who were sickened by their choices, were healed by God’s Word.  Then this past week, those overwhelmed in a storm were rescued.  Notice in today’s section what had been wet becomes very dry and what was once super dry into pools of water. 

 

(God) He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground,

and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there. 

 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; 

there He brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. 

 Psalm 107:33-36

 

You know this isn’t just talking about Arizona or Israel, right?  Areas of all of our lives can be dusty and dry or fluid and flowing.  But understand, either way, things can change.  Well, how do things change?  By God’s Hand. When they increased, He had blessed them.  Oh that we may remain humble and not think our life and our success is in our hands.  Remember, “God Opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6

 

They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; 

He blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and He did not let their herds diminish. 

Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; 

He who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. 

Psalm 107:37-40

 

When hard times hit, don’t jump to the conclusion that God doesn’t care.  Look for signs of His love amidst the pain and difficulty.  This passage says clearly, the righteous see and rejoice.  Often God gets our attention in the hard times.  Our spirit is often humbled or softened and we become more willing to be shaped by His hand.  Even if the difficulties are not our doing, but the enemy, our praise and worship of God will make the devil flee.  Whatever you may be going through right now, continue to dwell mentally on the loving deeds of God.

 

But He lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. 

The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. 

Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.

Psalm 107:41-43  (underline added)

 

Remain Confident that God can Change Anything

as we call out and depend on Him!