“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)
Isaiah 58 is all about the importance of needs being met– God’s needs, our neighbors’ needs, our needs. However, unlike cultural norms that would talk about needs being met in material ways, the needs in the text are met in ways that deal with connectedness. I become aware of another’s needs when I enter into relationship with them.
The same is true with us. God seeks to be in relationship with us, to know our heart and fill our lives so that every need, every desire that seeks life-giving connection and the care of another, is met.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Satisfied needs” written by Rozella White that first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Café magazine.