In the Old Testament, the prophet Jeremiah tells the people of Israel that those who survive the coming destruction will find blessing, even in a barren land. He tells them God will give rest to their souls and reminds them of His eternal promise: “I have loved you with an everlasting love…with unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:2-3). Day in and day out the prophet urges the people of Israel to turn from their sins and once again follow the Lord, and He will restore them.

This applies to us personally too. Back when I was wrapped up in my addiction, I was on the road to destruction and my soul was like a barren land. But God lovingly showed me that He would save me and restore me if I followed Him. To this day I can still say He was true to that promise, and He continues to be true to that promise everyday.

No matter what your circumstances are in this present moment-whether it’s loneliness, loss of job, addiction, anxiety, despair, or uncertainty…God loves you. Follow Him and you will find rest for your soul, even in a barren land.