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Are You Thirsty Still?

“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Ps 34:8). 

Tozer is one of my favorite devotional writers of the past. He could put a great theological truth in just a few words. But one of the most moving things he ever wrote was a prayer. I share it with you here: 

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show my Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.” 

We need to recognize our lack of desire for spiritual things. We need to experience what it is like to actually taste God’s goodness, and how this increases our desire for greater spiritual nourishment. Do you remember the last time you were so thirsty that once you got water you couldn’t stop drinking? Have you or I been so thirsty for God’s word that we couldn’t stop allowing God to speak to us through His word?  

When was the last time we asked God to show Himself through Jesus? What do we know about Jesus? Jesus said if You’ve seen Me you’ve seen the Father. Have you prayed, “Father, increase our faith”? Have we exclaimed, “I believe, help my unbelief”? Where were you spiritually this time last year? Can you even remember? What have you done differently to make your journey with Jesus complete? Where will you be a year from now? Are we doing the same thing and expecting different results?  

I believe most people are just about as spiritual as they want to be to be content with where they are. I also believe that many are miserable because they are where they’ve been for years. Read Tozer’s prayer slowly, thoughtfully, and make those requests your quests. 

Hymn: “Take Time To Be Holy” 

Father, convict us for our lack of convictions, increase our passion to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Turn us from evil, and give us more love for others that demonstrates our love for You. In His precious name, Amen. 

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

rredden604@aol.com



Do You Really Believe?

 

“Jesus therefore said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe” (John 4:48).

We live in an age of skepticism. From an early age, our children are taught the scientific method. Nothing is true unless it is proven by testing and observation. Even in Jesus’s day, the people would not believe without signs and wonders. Hundreds, perhaps even thousands, gathered around Him to see the miracles He performed. Jesus gave them plenty to see. But does that mean that all believed? We know many, if not most, did not.


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The “Highly” Educated

“Be diligent to present yourself to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of God” (2 Tim. 2:15). 

While attending college in the 40’s, I came across those who made a career of their attendance, year after year pursuing further learning in what turned out to be a secure and organized life without worry about a vocational effort. In spiritual matters, most church members stand above those we associate daily. Why? In most cases, you and I have been richly educated in the word of God. 


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