Advent Reading – December 16, 2017

Laura Laskowski – Worship Design Team

Psalm 36:7-9

“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!  Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.  They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.  For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.”

When I get too busy and lack the quiet, refueling time I get with God, I feel like I am parched – as if I haven’t had water in days.  I feel like I start to wander aimlessly in my brain, in my body, and in my soul.  I am searching desperately and weakly for a sip, a drink, a cup of water.  I am SO thirsty.  It’s like every other part of me starts to shut down.  I am weak and feel like I am dying a slow death.

I need to listen to this.  I need to listen to this intense, all encompassing need for survival.  The less I listen to it, the more demanding and life threatening it becomes.

Can you relate?  Are you thirsty?

As I get older and the more responsibility I have in raising my family, being involved in church and community, having a job; the more blatant this thirst becomes.  I so desperately need God.  I so desperately need quiet to hear from Him.  I so desperately need to drink from His cup, from His fountain that never runs dry.

But the choice is mine.  I can fake it til I make it and hope to find drink in other places.  They tempt and promise to fulfill me.  Yet, I truly know, that if I stop and listen in my aimless search, Jesus is actually right there beside me holding out a big, fresh glass of clean, pure, refreshing water.  I just need to stop and see it –  then reach and accept it…and start drinking the Water of Life.

Thank you, Jesus, for Your life-giving water.  Nothing – absolutely nothing – compares to it.

Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you ‘Give me a drink,’ You would have asked Him and He would have given you Living Water.  John 4:10 (NKJV)