The other day my daughter noticed something different about her four-year old son, Jesse.
”Um, Jesse, why is your hair wet?” she queried.
“It was dying… so I put water on it.”
I think maybe that’s his dad’s side of the family coming out (sorry, John 🙂 ).
I was in Texas last year for one of the worst droughts in the history of the state. In 2011, Wichita Falls, TX had 100 days of 100- degree heat. That Labor Day weekend, almost 2000 homes went up in flames from fires across the powder-dry state.
“The state has dried out and it is burning up,” one man lamented on the radio. Everywhere people longed for RAIN!
Without Water, We’re Finished
I don’t know if the water helped Jesse’s hair but I do know that when it doesn’t rain we’re in big trouble.
That’s the way it works with a man’s heart, too. When there is no “water,” we dry up inside. We hurt. We thrash around looking for answers. We hurt other people by taking advantage of them, all the while longing for rain in our soul.
Jesus said: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. (John 7:37, 38, NIV)
Wow! Rivers of water. Not only rivers for your own heart but rivers that overflow from you and water other thirsty hearts.
What does this water look like? Forgiveness of sin, eternal life, peace with God, joy in the Lord, a reason for living, a personal relationship with the One who created us, assurance of heaven when we leave this life—all this and more!
So, how do I get it to rain on me?
You turn away from you sin and turn toward the Lord Jesus with all your heart.
“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30, 31, NIV)
Then you put your faith in Jesus and receive God’s salvation as a free gift.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved…For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph. 2:4, 5, 8, NIV)
I love coffee. Recently, I found a brand from New Guinea that has hooked me. I think I could drink gallons of it. But, when I’m really thirsty, it’s not coffee I want. It’s water—cool, clear h2o.
And when my soul weeps for meaning, only Jesus can make it come alive again. It’s not hard to tap this abundant source of water of life. Just do what I did:
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For 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. As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for,
‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”(Romans 10:9-13, NIV)
If you need rain in your heart, call out to Jesus with everything you’ve got. The drought will be over!
”God cannot do a great thing in a little mind.” T.D. Jakes
The five symptoms of laziness: