Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty


Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

3rd June 2012

John Lennon wrote these famous words in his song ‘Help’:

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

As we all get older we realise that life is not always reliable. Frequently we are faced with problems, large or small, when we need to call for help.

It may be to a friend, a relative, or perhaps to a doctor. Thankfully that sort of help is never far away.

But there are times when physical help is not what we need, times when the comfort we seek is spiritual rather than physical.

These are the times when we can remember the promises of Jesus when He said,

‘I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:20)
‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’ (John 14:18)

To which Paul adds,

‘being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 1:6)

All these promises amount to the promise that Jesus will never leave or forsake us He is always there to help us.

As the Psalmist says,

‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.’ (Psalm 121)

I also like these words from Saint Francis of Sales (1567–1622)

“Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He is your Keeper. He has kept you hitherto. Hold fast to his dear hand, and he will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, he will bear you in his arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. Our Father will either shield you from suffering, or he will give you strength to bear it.”

Have a good week. And if you are going through a difficult time remember the promises of Jesus; help is at hand. Just go to Him who will never leave you, and He will help.

Pastor Barry

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