Friday, March 16, 2012

“One River”

      Because God so blesses us through people, we must be careful to remember that He alone can fill and fulfill our hearts.

    “He is thy life” (Deuteronomy 30:20).

     We put great and undue pressure on others and on ourselves when we succumb to the temptation of believing that anyone other the Lord Jesus Christ provides for our deepest need.  Since Adam “hearkened to the voice” of Eve rather than God, humanity’s natural tendency has led us to seek fulfillment in the finite capacities and companionship of flesh rather than the heart of the Divine (Genesis 3:17).  We thus expect and demand from people that which they cannot provide, especially those near and dear to us.  More importantly, we fail to avail ourselves of the joy and peace whereby the Life of our lives graces the deepest part of us, and the very heart of us.

     “In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

     The Holy Spirit continually works in the life of believers to teach and remind us that we exist for the love of God and love for God.  Other people reveal this truth to us, and our Lord’s goodness flows through countless human hearts as tributaries of the River of life.  We give thanks, and rightly respond in kind to the streams that so bless us.  But there is only one River.  Christ is that River, and having Him, we have all that we will ever need to satisfy our deepest yearning.  This we must affirm within ourselves and to each other in response to the Spirit of God’s constant beckoning to our hearts…

“Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
(John 4:14)

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