Recovering from Heat Exhaustion

Bible Reading: Isaiah 24; 25; 26; 27:1; 32:1-8; 35

Isaiah picturesquely describes the Lord as "a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat," sending relief from the ruthless "as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud" (25:4-5).

When my trials heat up and I sweat over my dilemma … when my head spins in confusion ... when my energy slips away and my enthusiasm wanes, God's peace passes over me like a cloud and shields me from the intense heat. As I meditate on God and lay my cares before him, he calms my heart and gives me soothing relief from the anxiety of my trials. Reflecting on his goodness and grace, I whisper his promise, "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!" (26:3 NLT).

May we consistently and purposely turn our minds to God's truth, resolutely trust in his faithful love, and rest in "perfect peace" in the coolness of the shade that he provides. When we are suffering from "heat exhaustion," may God strengthen our feeble hands, steady our knees that give way, and say to our fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; I will come with divine retribution to rescue you” (35:3-4). May we look to him and say, "Lord, grant us peace; for all we have and are has come from you" (26:12 LB). In heat and shade alike, may we confidently proclaim, "O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago" (25:1). As we wait for more pleasant days, may we press on, faithfully walking in the ways of the Lord, setting our heart's desire on the honor and glory of his name, and earnestly seeking him in the long hours of the night and with the dawning of each new day (26:8-9). When he wipes away our tears and removes our disgrace, let us raise our hands to heaven and proclaim, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation" (25:9).