Saturday, August 10, 2013

Are You Thirsty This Morning?

I have a special birdbath. It belonged to my neighbor and when she passed away it came to my house. I've tried to keep it full of water but the birds haven't really done much with it. Until this year. It has become a haven in the dry hot summer days. I have to keep an eye on it because the water quickly becomes stagnant. It even evaporates. I keep putting in fresh water daily and cleaning it out often.

These birds flit in and sit on the side for a bit. They look the water over and fly into the shrubs and back. Then they just go for it. They slip into the water and dip their heads under. They flap their wings and tip their tail feathers.  It looks as though they forget all about the danger of enemies and just abandon themselves to the activity. They’ll stop and even drink from it. It’s obvious they thoroughly enjoy themselves!

The Word of God is so refreshing! God beckons us not just to taste of it, but to bathe luxuriously in it. Unlike the bird bath water, His living water never gets old, never runs dry and is always refreshing and rejuvenating.

All we have to do is dive in and allow it to soothe our tired bones and clean our dusty hearts. Without yielding ourselves to the blessings of God’s Word we will languish. This precious fountain is available to everyone, no matter who you are, what you’ve done or where you’ve been. It isn’t about personalities, popularity or financial standing.  Other refreshment never lasts and never gives permanent revitalizing, but with the fountain of His delights we are able to fly away and sing with joy!

The Lord knows that you’ve been in a dry spell. You’ve been working so hard to keep afloat, keep yourself clean and make things work. You’ve been a tireless worker and you won’t even allow yourself a moment to rest.  But while work is noble and things have to get done, you may have left out the most important thing in your week.  It’s time to stop and dip into the fountain of God’s delights. His living water is full of all that you will ever need. It’s full of eternal love, so that you never run dry and you always know you are loved. It’s full of blessings, so that you never run dry and feel that you have to make your own way.  It’s full of faith, so that you have enough for yourself and even enough to give out to others.  His fountain is big enough for your troubles, your worries, your fears as well as your hopes, your dreams and your calling. 

Oh beloved, don’t delay. Come to the water and drink till your heart’s content. God will never forbid you to come to Him, He’ll never tell you you’ve had enough and He’ll always renew the fountain that never runs dry because He knows you need the source of His abounding fountain to live. Rejoice, that His Living Water is always available for you! His fountain is cleansing and rejuvenating. It will renew your spirit so that you can keep going in the hard times, keep singing in the dry times and keep believing even when everything around you turns dry. Come to Him first, before the heat of the day’s troubles overtakes you.

When you look to Him your face will be radiant and your days will be refreshed, because He loves you and He’s for you and that’s the most refreshing news ever!

John 4:14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.

Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me—the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!

Revelation 2:16 And He also said, “It is finished! I AM the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.

John 4:13-14 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”  

Isaiah 41:17-18 When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them.  I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them. I will open up rivers for them on the high plateaus. I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the desert with pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground.

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