A fundamental question everyone asks sometimes, especially when enduring difficult circumstances, is, “Why do I go through these things?” Most of us would welcome a “quick fix” for our struggles. People who are given over to a worldly mindset cannot comprehend fully all the reasons for the things they go through. Those who live life apart from God lack the critical biblical perspective necessary to understand these things. While some may explain life’s difficulties as God’s dealing in our lives, others conclude that He is angry with the world, and brings these things about to get us back on track. There are, in fact, many different ways that people try to explain the persistence of struggles in life.
One of the core reasons why believers in particular go through difficult times is that the Father is seeking after a mature people; people who understand that their posture before the Father is one of order, discipline, and obedience, and who thus walk in the fear of the Lord. The Father sends rain on the just and the unjust, even though it is only the just who put their trust in Him. Regardless of their struggle, the just know that the Father will never abandon them. We see this in the story of the exodus, when God sent ten plagues upon Egypt but kept the enslaved children of Israel safe through the midst of it all. The Father heard their cry. More importantly, He remembered His covenant with Abraham. After the plagues, Moses led them from slavery to freedom.
Naturally, no soul can be satisfied in drought. During a drought, life-sustaining sources of water diminish and even dry up. From brooks to streams to rivers and lakes, the flow of water ceases. The prophet Elijah calling for a drought in Israel, which lasted for 3 ½ years—and Elijah had to endure it along with everybody else. In the midst of the drought, however, the voice of the Father sustained Him. In the same way, the Father’s voice sustains us through our “droughts.” A drought is only a drought when we lock the Father out of our lives.
We are the Father’s precious garden. The beauty of the garden of Eden at creation has inspired countless artists to render paintings expressing their ideas of how it may have looked. Scripture says it was bounded by four rivers, which symbolize many things. But no matter how amazing Eden was, an even greater garden is us in the Father. He dwells in us, and His utmost desire is that we become His tabernacle. His word is the water! And it takes His word to nurture us, grow us, test us, establish us, and produce fruit in us.
A spring of water is fresh because it flows continuously. Just as springs start at the highest point and flow to the lowest, the Father is our highest point! His touching our head represents His anointing, which then flows down (Ps. 133). The anointing is the Holy Spirit, who is ALL TRUTH. Failure is not an option in Him. This water, which is the Word of God, cannot be contained; it is meant to flow continuously, imparting life and growth to everything it touches.