17 "The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. 18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. 19 I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, 20 so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
There are many "I wills" in this chapter.
There are many "I wills" in the Bible.
When God says "I will," it is done with thought and wisdom.
We are often under excitement, persuasion, or compulsion, and we say, "I will," and we are very sorry afterwards, and perhaps we are so unfaithful as not to keep our word; but God never speaks under compulsion; he is almighty. God never speaks in a hurry; he is infinite leisure. God never speaks under excitement or persuasion; that were not like a God. His purpose is of old, and his decree is from everlasting; and the "I will," which is the mouth of the decree, is a word that is spoken with wisdom and prudence.
When God says "I will," it is supported by omnipotence.
We sometimes say "I will," when we really cannot.
God always can do what He says. He will do what He says.
When God says "I will," it is sealed and settled. God is immutable.
We change, our situations change.
God never changes.
When God says "I will," He is always faithful to His word.
9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
What are you fearful about. God will give strength and help. He will uphold you.
Martin Luther was a very cheerful man, as a rule; but he had terrible fits of depression. he was at one time so depressed that his
friends recommended him to go away for a change of air, to see if he could get relief. he went away; but he came home as miserable as ever; and when he went into the sitting-room, his wise wife Kate, Catherine von Bora, was sitting there, dressed in black, and her children round about her, all in black. "Oh, oh!" said Luther, "who is dead?" "Why," said she, "doctor, have not you heard that God is dead? My husband, Martin Luther, would never be in such a state of mind if he had a living God to trust to." Then he burst into a hearty laugh, and said, "Kate, thou art a wise woman. I have been acting as if God were dead, and I will do so no more. Go and take off thy black."
back to Isaiah 41
17 "The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. 18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.
This passage is true in the physical sense. We can always count on God to take care of us.
It is also true in the spiritual sense. We get very dry sometimes. God can send springs of living water into our parched hearts to refresh us.
'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'
If we will, God certainly will!
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