Psalm 23:3 – He refreshes and restores my life (myself). He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him – not for my earning it, but] for His Name’s sake.
Our Father so very often in revealing to us the spiritual truths of His kingdom uses nature and our experiences in this physical world as demonstrators. That which we experience in the natural very effectively translates supernatural realities. Jesus calming the storm with a word (Mark 4:39) informs the Truth that God’s Word, spoken out in faith, will calm any storm that tries to rise up and challenge us. For any issue or event that sets itself up against God’s alive and active Word (Hebrews 4:12) we will demolish (2 Corinthians 10:5). The parable of the sower sowing seed (Mark 4:1-20), which Jesus characterizes as a foundational teaching (Mark 4:13), illustrates the conditions of the heart and the soul that either make the Word of God of little or no effect in a life, or that offer the conditions necessary for it to flourish. The withering of the fig tree at His word (Matthew 21:19), to the complete astonishment of His disciples, was the example in the physical realm of the power of faith. That faith in our Father and His Word is truly a mountain moving force.
Matthew 21:22 – And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.”
We have, just recently, been treated to another such spiritual lesson from the physical realm. And it was a powerful example in contrasts. The recent stretch of enervating heat we experienced has been followed by several days of quite cool weather. In our home we spent days listlessly sitting in front of many fans or sequestering ourselves for hours at a time in air-conditioned bedrooms. No chores were accomplished and no energy expended. Then, quite abruptly, we were refreshed with cool weather, pleasing breezes, and rain – sweater weather! And the thought that bounced joyfully around in my spirit was, “Days of refreshing”! We lived through stark contrasts – days of debilitating heat compared to days of comfort and refreshing.
God promises just such “times of refreshing” as we look to Him and Him alone. In Christ, those times of refreshing can be a constant benefit. When fear and worry are replaced by peace, when confusion and stress give way to days of certainty abnd trust, when anything that Satan and the world try to throw our way is overcome by our
“leaning the entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness” (Colosians 2:5)
then we receive the times of refreshing He so longs for His kids to experience. The recent weather extremes so clearly demonstrated what “times of refreshing” offer us – for we have been translated from the uncomfortable effects of sin and rbellion, doubt and fear, stress and turmoil, into faith-filled days of peace in all areas.
Our gracious Abba says:
So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out wiped clean) that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the Presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)