23rd August, 2019




Isaiah 58:11 (NKJV)

“The Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;

You shall be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”


We saw in yesterday’s devotion, how God’s Word prescribes true fasting and its benefits in Isaiah chapter 58. The verse 11 enumerates some of the benefits of a true fast, and therefore serves as our theme Scripture for today’s devotion.

The first benefit of a true fast, according to our theme Scripture, is: “The Lord will guide you continually.” There’s nothing as fulfilling as knowing God’s guidance for your life! Even when trouble comes, you’re confident that you’ll emerge victorious, because of God’s continuous guidance. The second benefit of a true fast is, “The Lord will…satisfy your soul in drought.” There’s an emptiness and a great vacuum in the soul of every human being ever since the fall of Adam; all human souls were plunged into drought due to the fall. Humankind have sought to satisfy the longing in the human soul with everything, including the use of things unimaginable, but all to no avail; because, nothing can satisfy the human soul, except it reconnects with its Maker. It is only the Lord who can satisfy the drought in the human soul! The third benefit of a true fast is: “The Lord will…strengthen your bones.” Wow! That’s a health benefit! You’ll never appreciate the value of strong bones until you see how feeble the human bone becomes as one ages. If God says He will strengthen your bones, trust Him; He will do it. You’ll enjoy good health, even in your good old age. The fourth benefit of a true fast is: “You shall be like a watered garden.” Hallelujah! In other words, you shall be fresh and flourishing! When others are famishing, you’ll be fruitful and evergreen! What could be better than this?

All these benefits are enjoyed by the one who observes the true fast, as prescribed in Isaiah 58. But God’s ultimate intent is seen in the fifth benefit of a true fast. It says, “You shall be…like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” The Hebrew word translated, “spring” is also translated, “source.” And the Hebrew word translated, “water” is also translated, “refreshment.” In other words, “You shall be a source of refreshment, whose refreshing abilities and capabilities do not fail.” This is God’s ultimate intent for a true fast; He wants to refresh your life, until you become a source of refreshment. God always starts with one, but ultimately uses that one person to be a blessing to all.

If your life is refreshed, that’s great, but don’t stop short of that; aspire to become a source of refreshment. That’s God’s ultimate goal for a true fast.

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