Did you walk away from God because the pressure is on?
"Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'" John 4:13 NIV
In these last several weeks, the temperatures across the nation have recorded all-time highs. What used to be considered the norm in South Louisiana has noticeably changed over the years. No longer can you accurately predict the seasons. Many have succumbed to the pressure of change and no longer hold out hope for a brighter future. We have all become just a little thirstier for relief to quench the dry spell.
What does it mean to be thirsty?
As my family and I enjoyed an evening of football practice for my grandsons at a nearby park, my youngest granddaughter reached up to retrieve her sippy cup of juice. I held the cup to steady her hands and was given a facial expression that was priceless. The sounds coming from each gulp relayed her feeling of satisfaction and comfort. As she turned her beautiful brown eyes toward her "Nanna" for more, there was trust and assurance in them that her thirst would be quenched.
How much more should you and I thirst this way for our soon coming king, Jesus?
Let's take a closer look together at how all that has been shared applies to you and me.
The intensity of life's pressures.
OK, life is not easy, and who said it would be? In fact since the fall of Adam, challenges for mankind have intensified greatly, especially now. It seems as if the world has gone stark mad. The enemy is trying to distract us from what the lord said and getting us to live life on our own terms. If we're not careful, a drought of great proportion will overtake us and leave us emotionally and mentally destitute.
Did you walk away from God because the pressure is on? The answer is no. Stay in the race. You are almost at the finish line and do not even know it. The reward for your submission and obedience is eternal life in heaven.
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
As we continue to seek the lord and to do his will, the stakes are higher. Adversity from all sides will dog you. Do not give up. There is no time for blaming. The only one who can stand in your way from enjoying this life and the one to come is you. Jesus is your game changer. Allow thirst for knowledge and truth to become the driving force to a closer relationship with him.
"You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it."
Childlike faith gets the attention.
As my granddaughter trusted me to help her find relief through a cool drink, with the faith of child were we not instructed to trust Christ?
"He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'"
Our need of Christ and in every area of life should be like that of taking our next breath; we cannot live without him.
Society teaches happiness is self-made and that a relationship with Christ is no longer necessary. Not true. All things good come to those who receive him as Lord.
"But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God."
But what happens if you never held a relationship with Jesus or perhaps you once believed and turned away (for whatever reason)?
Humbly approach him in respect and with repentance and invite him into your life. He will receive you as his own. Jesus is not in heaven keeping score of all our mess-ups. He came to give his life for us so we can have eternal life with him and not be lost.
"Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."
Remember you are precious to God, and he loves you very much. How you begin to receive this amazing and unconditional love is by your own free will, you accept Christ as lord and savior.
Drink from the well of eternal life. Do not allow this moment to pass; tomorrow is not promised.
When you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my lord and savior from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen."
Welcome into the family of Christ.
Until next week, be blessed and continue to bless others along the way. Shalom.
(Bible references Matthew 6:33; James 1:3-5; Matthew 18:2-4; John 1:12; Romans 8:34. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.)
Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 985-857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.