Pastor's Blog: Living Water
Jeremiah 17: 13
"O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced. They will be buried in the dust of the earth, for they have abandoned the Lord, the fountain of living water.
In a time that is difficult for us to understand we as followers of Christ should be looking towards His return and final salvation of God's people. We are living in a time, such as the prophets of the old testament, where we are proclaiming that which is coming. Like Elijah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Hosea, and the like, we are called to proclaim the coming of the one true King! The final judgment of human beings is quickly approaching.
Now I will never claim to have knowledge of when that will be, as we are "not supposed to know the hour or the day in which Christ will return, but I know that our lives are meant to be lived just like the prophets. We are supposed to be living examples of the living water with which Christ, the Son of God, is, was, and is yet to come. This week I gave a message on what we need to do when the well runs dry. This well is our soul. It is our connection to the Most High God, and how He is working and moving in our lives. If we allow ourselves to drift away from study, and prayer, (those things that keep our well full of living water) then we will fall away and become like dust and our water will run dry.
When we get to a place in our lives where Jesus is not a center focus, but our worries, stress, fears, and the daily grind become our focus, we lose connection with our source of strength, confidence, and the new country. God wants us to live a full life, even in the midst of the daily grind. He wants us to understand that He is there with us and is walking ahead of us, clearing the way. God isn't simply putting you through struggles to watch you stumble and fall. To quote a movie that I enjoy, Bruce Almighty, and I am paraphrasing here; God is not a kid with a magnifying glass burning people like ants.
There is beauty in your struggle. We can thank Adam and Eve for that struggle, and we can thank God for the salvation in Christ through their fall. God simply wants YOU. He wants to hear from you. He wants to know that you are grateful for the opportunity to see this NEW heaven and this NEW earth that are coming. He wants you to look beyond your grief, anger, self-worth, inadequacies, and heart ache and realize that you are a valuable soul that He is madly in love with. He wants you to come to this well of living water, and thirst no more.
We can find greatness in the simple, daily gifts that God provides for us. In those little things we need to grab on to hope for the days ahead, and keep ourselves focused on the new country. A new country in which we will not thirst, but our cup will overflow.
De Graff UMC Pastor
De Graff, Ohio 43318
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