“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:2
I have to apologize. I said that I would be posting about rest four days in a row, and this is the first time I have posted since Friday. Each time I have sat down to write, God has stopped me in my tracks and robbed me of my comfortability. He has beckoned me to rest just a little longer before I write this one. I am not sure why, but I listened. Now here is what He has laid on my heart today.
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For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
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To know the love of Christ.
I have been enamored by the story of the woman at the well over the last few days. It comes to my mind again and again, so as we speak of the renewing of thirst, consider it through the lens of these verses. Take a look at the story, then come right back to me.
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, she was riddled with thirst. She thirsted after approval from people. She thirsted after the love of men.
She sought and sought and sought only to find herself more thirsty for more things of this world. Nothing satisfied fully. Nothing felt right.
Jesus saw her.
He saw her thirst. He saw her need for approval. He saw her running from husband to husband, lover to lover to find some ounce of satisfaction.
Let’s think about Jesus’s nature. He is all knowing, so He knew where this woman was at any moment. He knew that she would go to the well that blistering day. He knew her path to it. He knew where she would be that night. Yet He chose to meet her at her place of rest. He chose to meet her where she wouldn’t be distracted by the sin that entangled her, where He might be her only focus.
Friends, we already know who Jesus is. We knew that He meets us in stillness, that in the quiet we can hear His voice. We know that sins of this world are distractions. Christian, when we come to a place of rest, Jesus brings us strength.
Did you know that it is possible to live up to three weeks with no food at all?
Did you know that it is not possible to live without water for three days?
It is the thirst that will kill us. Thirst for attention. The thirst to satisfy our pride. The thirst for attraction. The thirst for satisfaction. It is the water that strengthens us. Not attention, not attraction, and certainly nothing here brings true satisfaction.
This passage is Ephesians teaches us how we might be brought to this place of rest where our thirst will be renewed.
We bow our knees before the Father.
First, we come to the place of rest. We have to put forth the effort to get there. Yes, we can pray for it all we want, but Jesus wants us to want it so bad that we will give up things for Him. It might be a lunch date with a friend. It might be sending your child lunch money rather than crafting the perfect smiley face sandwich. It might look like missing the next episode of your show. Rest with God is communing with God through prayer. Whatever it is, He beckons to choose intentional prayer over everything else.
Be rooted in love.
Don’t rest out of obligation, sister. Rest out of love for Jesus. After all, Jesus left His home that we might have freedom in that rest. We should love His love so dearly that we cannot help but bask in it. We should want nothing but to spend time with Him. Being rooted in His love is making each decision to spend time with Him over anyone and anything else because of His love and for His glory.
Allow God to fill you.
We have to be present for what He wants to do in us. The woman at the well could have picked up and left. She could have said, I don’t want whatever this “living water” stuff is. I am happy the way I am.
Instead, she let Him envelop her, filling the empty crevices sin left in her heart. She left without leaving His side. She entered her city bearing His name from her mouth, shouting from the rooftops what He had done for her.
He offered her the living water.
She partook in His goodness, in His satisfaction, in His love.
So, then, why do we doubt that He might do the same for us? Why do question that if we put everything else to the side for time to rest in His love, that we would miss out on something? Why don’t we assume that we will receive everything?! Everything. He has everything to offer.
Christian, if you are thirsty today, stop searching to quench it with pleasures of this world. He is the greatest pleasure you will ever find. He is so so good and wants nothing more than to fill His children to the brim. He wants us to be overflowing with the sacrifice He brought.
Lay down your burden.
Rest in Him.
Renew your thirst.