So many things happen that can drain the life right out of us. People all around me are experiencing difficult circumstances – divorce, betrayal, backaches, addictions…to name a few. These things are very real, heartbreaking and no amount of quoting Romans 8:28 will solve these complex problems.
While my own family is not currently enduring a season of trial like these, my heart breaks for the body of Christ around me in pain. What can I offer them? I feel burdened and helpless to ease their struggle.
I was challenged this week with the slosh factor. It comes from John 7:37-39, “On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, ‘Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said ‘living water,’ he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him.”
If I want to encourage anyone who is hurting, first I need to go and drink. Jesus said when we are thirsty.. come to Him. That means I need to put down my phone, steal away from children (or maybe get up a little earlier), and sit at His feet. Listen to Him in prayer. Open His Word and ask Him to teach me. Then believe that He is the Lord of Heaven’s armies who is more than capable to love and care for the hurting people in my life.
When we yield to Christ fully and allow His Holy Spirit to fill us, the result goes beyond ourselves. He says that “rivers of living water will flow from our hearts.” This means we can slosh His love on those around us as His Spirit overflows through our lives. It’s what they really need anyway.
They need to know their God loves them, sees it all, and wants to walk with them through their valleys as well as the mountains. He wants to use their trials to make them more dependent on Him so they can even slosh His love on others. He knows that relationship with Him is the only real secure thing on this earth. Anywhere else we pin our hope will ultimately let us down.
So today if you are feeling dry, cracked or maybe a little salty… whether from your own trials or the burdens of others you love… come to the One who offers more than a sip or even a water bottle. He offers living water. Rivers of it. Flowing up out of our hearts… and sloshing out to those around us.
Hope your day is filled with Holy Spirit sloshing!