The Good Stuff

We only have so much time in our lives. I’m not just talking about big picture, total heartbeats in your life type of stuff. I’m also talking about the fact that there are only 24 hours today.

There’s only so much time that we have. And are very busy people. There’s so much we have to do. So many places we have to be. So many things we have to be about.

We can feel overwhelmed, tired, and give out sometimes. We can feel so give out that we want to give up. We can feel so worn out that we don’t know what to do next.

We can feel tired, hungry, and broke. Both physically and spiritually.

Listen to what Isaiah 55:1-3 says today:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Today you don’t have to “work” for real life. You don’t have to “labor” for real water and real food.

Are you thirsty? Come drink.

Are you hungry? Come eat.

Are you tired? Come rest.

Today, don’t waste your time, your effort, your money, on that which isn’t life-giving. Come get the good stuff. And the good stuff is free.

It’s not found anything in life, but in Jesus. He is our water. He is our food. He is rest. He is our life.

Today, our life will not found in our labors, in work, in our money, in anything else. It will be found in Him. Today, find your life in Him.

If you are hungry. Angry. Lonely. Tired. Exhausted. Give out. Giving up. Beat up. Worn out. Hopeless. Cynical. Weary.

Come. Drink. Eat. Rest. Find life. Find it in Him. Don’t waste your precious time on that which is not life. Find life in Him.

He is the good stuff our heart desires. Today, may we find our all in Him.

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To the Thirsty

Very few passages in the Bible start off, hey, those of you that are doing just great, I’ve got something to tell you. That’s not how most the Bible sounds. In fact, in the few cases are talking to the one’s that have pretty well off, the message is either this – be careful, don’t get confidant right now, or give God the praise for what’s going on.

But, that’s not most of scripture. Most of the Bible is like what we see here in Isaiah.  Listen to what the word says in Isaiah 55:1-3:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

To those of you that are are thirsty, come to the water. To those of you that have no money, come, buy and eat.

You are spending your time, your money, your effort on those things which do not satisfy. Come, find the things that do. Come, find the things that give life. Come, and on be thirsty.

Today, if you are thirsty, there is hope. Today, if your soul is parched, there is hope. Today, if you are hungry, if you are worn out, if you are tired, there is hope.

The Bible is a love story written to the weak, to the sinful, to the broken. It is God’s act to love to those that feel unlovable. It’s God’s sign of forgiveness to those that feel like they can’t be forgiven. It’s God’s mercy to those that feel like they don’t deserve God’s mercy.

Today, if you are thirsty, come. There is a God that longs to give you water and to give you life. If you are tired, come. There is a God that longs to give you rest. If you are broken, come. There is a God that longs to put you together.

Come and find what you soul needs. Today, if you are in need, there is a God who longs to meet that need. Today, to all the thirsty, come, and drink from God’s living water. Come and lay your burdens down before God. Come and receive His life. Come and live.

Today, to all that need. God is there.

Rest

I’m a busy body.  My wife accuses me of never being able to leave well enough alone. I’ve always got some plan, some thought, some something that I’m up to or thinking through.

I tend to stay on the move, going and doing.

And it’s not just me. We are all busy. As we talk in church, it’s hard to find time to have a meeting at night, most everyone so busy they just don’t have time.

We are busy, busy people.

The notion of rest is something that we don’t do well, we don’t observe well.

Listen to what God says through the prophet Isaiah this morning:

This is what the Sovereign Lord,
the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to me
and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it.

Only in resting in God can we be saved. Resting in Him.

What does that mean?  That means, to me, that we trust totally in Him. We don’t have to worry, don’t have to work. Don’t have to “do” anything.

God has done it. God has taken care of it. It’s done. Don’t worry about it. God has it.

Rest.  Relax. Trust.

In placing our full trust and faith in Him we are saved. And in placing our full hope and trust in Him, we can relax. We don’t have to do anything. We just rest.

Today, if we are overly anxious or worried or stressed, are we resting in Him? Are we totally trusting in Him?  Is He our trust rest?

Trusting in Him allows us to rest.  Today, we may know the power of salvation. Today may we know the power of resting in God.

Rest

I love the book of Psalms. I just do.

I try to read from them every day.  I had a wise preacher tell me once that reading 3 Psalms and 1 Proverb a day will really shape and change your life, and I have found in my life, there is a lot of wisdom in that statement.

The reason why I love the Psalms is they have everything we experience in our lives there. There is worship of God. There is disappointment. There is anger. There is pain. There is joy. There is laughter. There is, well, everything we know.

And I love that, because it shows that life is full of all these things. Not every day is perfect. Not everything is clean and easy. Sometimes, it’s hard. sometimes it’s not fun.

Sometimes, we are just hanging on.

Listen to Psalm 116:3

Death wrapped its ropes around me;
the terrors of the grave overtook me.
I saw only trouble and sorrow.

Now, that’s someone having a bad day.  And, you know what?

We’ve all been there. We’ve all had that type of pain or terror or frustration. We’ve all been so beat down, each of us at some point have a day like that.  We’ve had these times where we’ve thought – this day, this season, this time, that it will not end.  It will be like this forever.

It will not get better.

We have been so beaten down and exhausted to the point that we feel like there is no hope.

Listen to verses 5-6

The Lord protects those of childlike faith;
I was facing death, and he saved me.
Let my soul be at rest again,
for the Lord has been good to me.

Childlike faith. That simple belief that God is there, that He loves His children, and that He will not leave us.

That He is good.

And, if we believe these things, in that childlike faith, we can have rest.  Because we know God will take care of us.

Today, no matter what season we are going through, we can have rest.  When we have faith.

No matter what is going in your life today, have faith. Trust.  Believe. Hope. God has not left you and will not leave you.

Have that faith today.

And, in that, you will find rest.