Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Have you been wandering?

"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Be hold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19

Have you been in the desert?

Are you truly thirsty for God?

Do you go after something with everything you've got just to find out it was wrong?

Do you even try to enter into His presence?

Do you avoid His presence?

Do you keep ending up in the desert, a barren land?

Do you run to other things for your satisfaction instead of what God gives you freely?

When you are in a desert place, the journey is usually hot.

You become miserable.

You do not feel like picking yourself up and going on.

When you are in the desert you usually have an unquenchable thirst.

You wish for just a little water to help that parched, dry throat.

Jesus tells us that we can come to Him and we shall never thirst again.

"They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;" Revelation 7:16a

Come imagine with me - take a trip to the desert.

Imagine that as far as you could see was nothing but sand.

Feel the hot sun bearing down on you.

Your throat is rough and dry because you have run out of water in your canteen.

There is no one around.

You are alone.

How did you get here?

How much farther till you find help?

Fighting exhaustion and desperate for water, you fall to your knees.

Suddenly you see a glimpse of something shiny.

What is it?

You get back up.

You start to move towards the shimmering light.

Wow!

Just a short distance a way you see a glimmer of shining water.

You start to run towards it with all the energy that is left in your body.

As you draw near, a funny thing happens...

It disappears.

The oasis is gone.

There is no water.

It is only more sand.

You sit down, disappointed.

How much longer can you take the heat?

Will the sand ever end?

Will you ever find water?

Have you become delusional?

After a short break you get back up, knowing that you just have to go on.

You are basically dragging your body inch by inch through the sand.

Sweat is dripping, clothes are hanging, and you are hot, tired and very, very thirsty, yet you get back up and keep on going.

The thought crosses your mind, will I ever find water?

Will I ever make it out of this desert alive?

All of the sudden, desperation grips your heart.

You try to move faster, but you can't.

You body feels like dead weight.

It has now become hard to put one leg in front of the other.

As painful as it is, you keep on going, hoping for something to drink, a nice shady place to rest, and the end of this desert.

But wait... Then....What do you see off in the distance?

Could it be or is you mind playing tricks again?

You see a huge lake with a tree for shade.

You start picking up speed.

All the adrenalin in your body is flowing fast.

Your tired, almost lifeless body becomes weightless.

You can run.

You run towards the pond.

You are ready to jump in and submerge your whole body to cool it down and get it refreshed.

You take the plunge.

Oh, but wait.

You fall hard on you face, only to realize it was only sand once again.

You sit up disappointed.

Taking another look around all you see for miles is sand.

How are you ever going to make it out alive?

What would it matter if you never went on?

Why bother?

You take a deep sighing breath.

Only this time, that deep breath makes your lungs feel as if they are on fire.

Do you give up?

Do you quit or go on?

You are tired and thirsty, but you get up and go on.

What if you are about to give up, and your true oaisis is only a few feet away?

The true oasis it is calling your name.

He is asking if you are thirsty.

Are you thirsty?

Do you want to be totally satisfied?

Someone is calling... It is the Lord.

He is calling you.

"If anyone is thirsty, let Him come to Me and drink." John 7:37b

Come to Him and let Him fill you with that everlasting drink.

You will never thirst again.

You come to Him.

Falling at His feet, there is nothing left in you.

You are completely exhausted.

You start to feel cool drops hit your neck and head.

All the sudden it completely saturates you.

You look up, hoping to get a good drink.

The fresh, cool water makes every part of your being come alive.

You look up to say thank you.

He says that there is more.

That the river never runs dry.

This is living water that never ceases to flow.

This is where you know that you belong.

You don't belong in the desert, but in this flow of living water.

Now that you have experienced this flow there is no other place to be.

You know that nothing else will do.

Now you know that all He wants to do is fill us with His living water.

Jesus wants to fill you with His eternal fountain.

His fountain brings absolute contentment.

We can come stumbling, in sin, failing, or in need, but He is always there to catch us when we fall.

We can never bring anything that He is unable help us with.

Ask Him for that refreshing presence.

Ask Him to show you all things that might hinder you from getting into that presence with Him.

"How excellent is thy lovingkindnes, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." Psalm 36:7-9

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14





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