So, I am still making my way through Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret and today was perfect timing for what I read. I am going to just quote the book for this post and I pray that it might encourage some of you as well. This is an excerpt from his diary quoted in the book on page 172.
“And now I have the very passage for you, and God has so blessed it to my own soul! John 7:37-39 – ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto ME and drink.’ Who does not thirst? Who has not mind thirsts, heart thirsts, soul thirsts, or body thirsts? Well, no matter which, or whether I have them all – ‘Come unto me and’ remain thirsty? Ah no! ‘Come unto me and drink.’
What, can Jesus meet my need? Yes, and more than meet it. No matter how intricate my path, how difficult my service; no matter how sad my bereavement, how far away my loved ones; no matter how helpless I am, how deep are my soul-yearnings – Jesus can meet all, all, and more than meet. He not only promises me rest – ah, how welcome that would be, were it all, and what an all that one word embraces! He not only promises me drink to alleviate thirst. No, better than that! ‘He who trusts Me in this matter (who believeth on Me, takes Me at My word) out of him shall flow…’
Can it be? Can the dry and thirsty one not only be refreshed – the parched soil moistened, the arid places cooled – but the land be so saturated that springs well up and streams flow down from it? Even so! And not mere mountain-torrents, full while the rain lasts, then dry again…but, ‘from within him shall flow rivers’ – rivers like the mighty Yangtze, ever deep, ever full. In times of drought brooks may fail, often do, canals may be pumped dry, often are, but the Yangtze never. Always a might stream, always flowing deep and irresistible!
‘Come unto me and drink,’ [he wrote in another June letter]. Not, come and take a hasty draught; not, come and slightly alleviate, or for a short time remove one’s thirst. No! ‘drink,’ or ‘be drinking’ constantly, habitually. The cause of thirst may be irremediable. One coming, one drinking may refresh and comfort: but we are to be ever coming, ever drinking. No fear of emptying the fountain or exhausting the river!”
I read this during some of my morning reading and it was just a constant reminder at the perfect timing for this time in my life. Am I truly coming to the never ending river to drink? Am I coming to the Lord God who made heavens and earth to drink and get refreshed? Or am I trying to muster up the strength on my own? What glorifies God most? For His people to muster strength on their own and try to make it through life? Or to utterly depend on the One who satisfies, the One who strengthens, the One who offers us abundant life? God is most glorified in us when we are dependent upon Him to meet our needs and help us through life. He loves us to be dependent upon Him.
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