He turned the 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.
Before you read on, go back and read those verses again. What do you see? What is this saying to you? What does it mean to you?
To me, these three verses are painting a stunningly vivid picture of the power of God. Our God is so awesome and powerful that He can make the rivers into something so dry. He can take a fruitful land wither and die away until it is nothing of use. But He can also take something so dry and fill it with water to bless the whole land. He can change the very make up of an environment with His words because of the wickedness or the hunger of the people there.
I shiver at this power. But it's not just in a physical sense that He does this. God can take a religious individual and dry up their spirit because of their wickedness and their defiance so that they can see how much they truly need God and how blessed they were when He showed himself in the way that so many long for him. He can take someone who is lost and dry and give them life. He can pour himself into someone who is so hungry for God that they overflow; a parched ground turned into a flowing spring.
This is my God that I love. Take a moment to revel in the beauty of Him.