(Thoughts from Phillip Keller’s book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23)
“For sheep, it is the shepherd who finds the water. Very often, he is the one who with much effort and industry has provided the watering places. Water is essential for the sheep’s well being.” Phillip Keller
Likewise the water is essential for the well being of humans as well, but not just physically.” The human soul also has a capacity and need for the water of the Spirit of the eternal God.
Every human soul has a thirst for God, but sadly, many try to quench it with things of the world, which do not assuage the longing.
As St. Augustine said many years ago, “O God! Thou hast made us for Thyself and our souls are restless, searching, ‘till they find their rest in Thee.”
“Only the shepherd knows where the sheep can find still, clean, pure water, water that will truly satisfy. Unfortunately, sheep will often settle for polluted potholes, where they pick up a disease.” Phillip Keller
Sadly, we humans are much the same. Like Esau, we often settle for a pot of porridge over our birthright.
Outside and inside the church, addictions continue to rise. Drug, alcohol, sex, spending, you name it. Many are trying to satisfy their thirst for God with polluted potholes, which make them sick.
Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (satisfied).”
We must continually eat and drink from the Word of God.
In John chapter 4 we learn the story of a Samaritan woman who has gone to the city well, to draw water. She encounters Jesus there. He teaches her about Himself (the living water). He explains that if she receives His Spirit by faith, repenting of her sins, and giving her life to Him, her thirst will be satisfied for eternity. This woman was a great sinner, yet she came face to face with a GREAT Savior. She had had five husbands, and the man she was currently living with was not her husband.
Friends that is why Jesus came to this earth, to satisfy our thirst and bring forgiveness for our sins! He says in Luke: "I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:32 NASB)
What about you? Are you restless? Is your heart thirsty? Do you long for the abundant life that Jesus promised?
Is it possible that you know the forgiveness of Christ, but you haven’t forgiven yourself?
Come away by the still waters and find rest for your weary soul.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
Cheryl Lutz is passionate to teach women how to tear down strongholds and find freedom in Christ. A pastor’s wife for twenty-five years, Cheryl possesses a vibrant love for teaching the Word of God. She is the founder of Securely Held, LLC, where she works as a trained and experienced lay counselor and speaker.
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