Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Have you found God or has He found you?

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)

10th June 2012

The answer to this question is not as straight forward as it may seem.

First of all look at what God says to the exiles in Babylon,

‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’. (Jeremiah 29:13)

So we must seek the Lord with all our heart and then we will find Him Now this raises some important questions:

  • Does that mean that we are left to ourselves to seek the Lord?
  • Does it mean that our action of seeking him is first and decisive?
  • Does it mean that God only acts after our seeking?

Well have a look at what God says to those same exiles in Babylon,

‘I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart’. (Jeremiah 24:7)

Here we read that the reason they returned with their whole heart is that God gave them a heart to know him. His action, therefore, was first and decisive.

Now if we connect these two verses we see that:

  • The people were to seek the Lord with their whole heart. Then God will be found by them. But,
  • God himself will give them such a heart so that they will return to him with their whole heart.

The really critical and encouraging point here is that God does not leave us on our own or leave it solely up to us to come to Him. The first and decisive work before and in our willing coming to God is His prior grace.

As Paul tells us,

‘Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling’ (Philippians 2:12)

But then quickly adds,

‘for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose’. (V.13)

Yes, we work. But our work is not first or decisive. God's is.

Again the words of Paul come to mind,

‘But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me’. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Have a good week trusting in God’s grace


Pastor Barry

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