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The one tremendous catalyst for joy in the life of a follower of Jesus is the realization that the very things in our lives that seem to hold only bitterness and defeat for us happen to be the very things that ignite incredible victory and joy.  From disease to financial ruin, from divorce to death itself, we find that in the very moment that despair would close its gaping jaws upon us to swallow us whole, the long arm of God reaches in with hope, love and power.

That is not to say that we won’t suffer grief in the short term as loss or rejection assail us, but rather that we discover in Christ a shining light that loss and hurt can only cloud over for a season.  There will be a time in which our trust in God is thoroughly vindicated one way or another.

Take, for example, those whose lives have been drastically impacted by the recent flooding in West Virginia.   Loss of home, loss of income, and loss of life came unexpectedly as flood waters that rose in terrifying proportions roared through unsuspecting communities.  The devastation wrought by them is far from being calculable.  And while prospects for rebuilding are high in the long-term, our neighbors there are struggling right now to just get by.

Still, such tragedy and loss, while grievous indeed, are also windows to living acts of grace that show what Christ-like love looks like in real-life ways.  People there who have lost much still find time to give much.  Communities untouched personally are reaching out with love, making such sacrifices as they can in resources and volunteering time and hard work.

Such is love.  It is not an emotion so much as it is a determination to help others whose needs are real and whose pain is great.  We have friends who in live in these afflicted areas who report that Believers from all over have mobilized to assist these in need.  They tell of people whose loving efforts vividly portray a God Who is Himself on mission and Who exemplifies love through His Son, Jesus Christ, Who came to help us in our great need:  deliverance from the power and penalty of sin!

These who today are working to help others without regard to the cost involved are “mini pictures” of God’s grace towards us and remind us that some of the most beautiful and amazing things in life are things we could never know had there been no pain, sorrow or loss.

This is why God’s promise for Christians (people who have repented and turned in faith to Jesus Christ) is such a tremendously powerful word for us in whatever trial we may face or season in which we struggle to survive.  “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV).

So if you have found yourself in trouble, a place of sadness or hurt, acknowledge that trouble, sadness or hurt, but then look beyond it to the God Who delivers and heals, lifts up and restores.  Disease can only affect us for as long as we are housed in these earthly bodies, but cannot touch the heavenly and eternal one being prepared for us (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18).  Financial ruin and the subsequent struggle to survive materially teach us to depend on the God Who looks after the grasses of the field and the birds of the air (Matthew 6:25-34).  Divorce may split our hearts in two, but God Himself binds up the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3).  Death may rob us of those we love, but death for the Christian is only a momentary parting which is nullified in the sweet reunion of God’s saints in a heavenly home that awaits us in His perfect presence (John 14:1-3).

Catalyst for joy

We have a God Who is not only working in our lives, but will continue to work in us, through us, and for us a divine plan of blessing that we can scarcely comprehend or imagine!

All of this is strategically vital for us to recall as we press onward in our journey of faith through this world which is hostile towards God and resentful of the hope that we have in Jesus.  We must both recall the hope we have in Christ and also encourage each other with the assurances of God’s sovereign love and His divine commitment to uphold us and keep us safe for eternity.  If it were not so, we could hardly call Him our “Heavenly Father”.

As it is, we have a God Who is not only working in our lives, but will continue to work in us, through us, and for us a divine plan of blessing that we can scarcely comprehend or imagine.  He is the God Who brings life out of death, healing from hurt, and hope over despair.  So be encouraged and see to it that you in turn encourage others with the hope that sustains you.

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent.  O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever!” (Psalm 30:11-12 ESV).

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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Have a Heart

It’s probably a very safe thing to say that this is definitely a generation that has heart. Yes, sir! We’ve got heart! Pass the warm fuzzies all around! Have a “cup of kudos” on the house! But wait a second. To say that one “has heart” doesn’t necessarily mean anything very… meaningful, especially if all we mean is that we’re zealously throwing ourselves into something or that we have some vague sympathy pains when we see someone in need or our own conscience pricks us.

When we pass from out of the Veil of Tears, which is what we walk through in the here and now, and find ourselves in the presence of the Most High, we will find, like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, that we had heart after all.

The real question then is “what kind of ‘heart’ do we have?” And just so that we’re all on the same page here, by “heart” I mean the part of us that gives us a sense of purpose and meaning and motivates us to action. This “heart” is the core of what is true of us and defines the values that we hold dear.

Having said that, let me hasten to say that one of the best indicators of the future of a generation is the kind of heart that it has. The things for which a generation’s heart beats are the things that will ultimately shape its destiny and define what it really becomes (no matter what it thinks and says of itself).

Imagine for a moment a people whose passion is for material benefit. The church to which they belong will find its burning desire materializing into a miserly withholding of material blessings. If the members are not using the church somehow for personal gain (perhaps in the name of “stewardship”), then they’re stockpiling their personal benefits for a “rainy day” though the life of the surrounding community withers and dies… and so God passes them by to move on to bless someone else… someone who loves Him more than money.

And think of a generation that esteems comfort, ease, and convenience over the call of Christ to “follow” Him. Oh, those who go to a church filled with these folks will spend some of its resources but they will do so with their own comfort as their motive for every course of action. Meanwhile, God leaves them in their spiritual lounge chairs, and continues to look for those who are willing to follow Jesus in sacrificing that which is personally gratifying to their lazier inclinations. He looks for those who are willing to be genuinely used by Him to make a difference in the world.

Have a heart

If you hunger to see more of God’s power at work in your life and thirst for more of His presence, then allow His tender touch to change your heart!

Now consider a people who see power as their chief desire and aspire to accumulate control over all their circumstances and over other people. A church characterized by such a thirst for power may deeply involve itself accordingly in the world of politics (whether nationally, locally, or even within its own church affiliations)… but is likely to also be plagued on occasion by its own inner turmoils as members clash for control and influence.

No. None of these kinds of “hearts” are the kinds of hearts that God is looking for. All of these passions find their roots in recommendations given us by the world as it limps its crippled way through the starry heavens. Can money mean anything beyond the here-and-now? Of course not. Although Pharaohs of old hoarded wealth and resources in the elaborate and mysterious pyramidal tombs, their spirits ultimately fled their fleshly halls while grave robbers and archaeologists took over management of their goodies. Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV).

What about a church that continually gives first thought to its comfort and ease while those about it suffer physically and perish spiritually? Will it dare follow Him in truth? Could it ever consider a more radical definition of Christianity than the carefully crafted creature comforts that too often characterize Christian activities? Will Christians today walk the same figurative path that Jesus Himself walked? “A scribe came up and said to (Jesus), ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’” (Matthew 8:19-20 ESV). Even though saving humanity from the icy cold grip of sin moved Him to take upon Himself houseless wanderings and to even leave the glorious comforts of heaven, He came to save anyway. Even though His victory over death necessitated His letting go of His sinless and perfect life so that He could embrace suffering and the grave, He let go anyway. May we be as Jesus and become lovers of God and not of comforts.

And what did Jesus think of His “followers” who wanted to use their position to obtain power? Not much. “Jesus called them (the disciple) to Him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:41-45 ESV).

Our ultimate priority must be that of pleasing God as we come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. When it truly is, these lesser passions that don’t find their source in Him, begin to pale and fade. Still, I fear that the “heart” of God’s people has yet to really become what it ought. The strong sense of spiritual malaise, the endurance of strife, and the presence of warped worldly characteristics suggest strongly that things are still not what they could and should be. Do we have heart? Yes. But it has become cold, selfish, and rigid. It neither answers to the sweet call of God, nor does it burn with His righteous hunger to see salvation transform our homes, towns, nation, and world.

But if you, like me, hunger to see more of God’s power at work in your life and thirst for His presence to accompany you in your walk, pray with me that He will gracefully and mercifully touch us and renew our passion for Him and our compassion for others. Let us seek His tender touch and let it change our hearts so that they look, think, and act like His. If we’ll call upon Him and seek His help in this, I somehow know that He’ll answer us.

“I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV).

 

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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The Measuring of Grace

So often in life we can be found hesitating upon the brink of obedience to God. In one sense, it is perfectly understandable given that our spiritual “eyes” are clouded with a haze of spiritual confusion and the temporal mixed signals that are constantly broadcast to us by the world. It is no easy task to decipher the billions of nuggets of information (mostly false) that come our way through the doorways of our senses, especially when our own flesh is allied with the world in its assault upon us.

For instance, our eyes can see all the obstacles that stand in our way of a life of fruitful peace and joy, such as a lack of material wherewithal, illness, or the disapproval of others. Or they behold the glittering distractions that lure us away from the only true Hope that we really have (e.g., new cars, scantily clad models posing sensually, or the promise of easy, low-cost solutions to the aforementioned obstacles).

Our ears, in their own right, hear the voices that speak subtly distorted alternatives to Truth, perhaps whispering defeat and failure on some occasions, selfish “entitlement” and arrogance on others. Such voices cast the appalling shadow of doubt and suspicion upon our interactions with others, thereby robbing us of the joy and peace that you and I were intended by God to receive.

Our bodies, too, can process signals from the world that raise up for us all sorts of reasons to fail and falter as we journey through life, tired as we tend to be, discouraged as our hearts often feel, and weak as our hands sometimes seem to be.

No. What we see with our earthly eyes tends to be only a very small part of the real picture. What we hear with our ears of flesh is very often a pipeline for all sorts of “white noise”. Even what we feel can run counter to the realities of the Divine Presence and interfere with His call for us to join Him in His activity in the world.

Yet, as “understandable” as all this may be, especially to the One Who really understands everything anyway, it is not excusable at all. God has not been and is not now deterred from His pursuit of you and me. But just what is it that He wants? Why does He not relent, give up, and just make a new and more cooperative creation that isn’t so fraught with moral weakness and character deficiencies?

It is because of His marvelous and amazing grace that He has set His sights upon you and even now awaits your acceptance of His awesome love and mercy.

A measuring of grace

Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. – Ephesians 4:7 ESV

“…Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7 ESV).

“…Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7 ESV). It is this grace, the quality of mercy and compassion that moves His hand to rescue us from the deadly grip of sin and selfishness, that also prompts the heart of God to not leave us as spiritual orphans, but establishes for us an eternally enduring relationship as child and loving Father.

 

It is interesting to note God’s determination to send His people into a land that had been promised to them over four hundred years before (as told in the Bible book of Joshua). It was a land, mind you, that had long been overrun by a people who not only did not know God but also sneered at the mention of His name, even as they tossed the living bodies of their own children into the merciless flames that paid homage to entities that evidently were masquerading as gods. It was their vain hope that these phony objects of worship would somehow summon a plentiful yield in the following year’s harvest or grant them a series of victories over either those who would conquer them or those whom they planned to conquer.

Once before, when faced with characters of this ilk, they had made a choice to not to trust God and faced a terrible penalty: that of an entire generation having to miss out on seeing God’s promises fulfilled (see Numbers chapters 13 & 14). When the forty years had passed, God sent out the invitation again, and this time His people were ready to go with Him.

Instructing them in preparing for their entry into this places that God Himself had set aside for them, He spoke with His divine voice to the man that He had appointed to lead them, spelling out for him and for all the people their great hope in finally receiving the blessing that the Lord had promised them so long before.

“…The LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, ‘Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses…. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:1b-3, 5 ESV).

And then, as the words of that tremendous promise, “… I will never leave your nor forsake you…” sink deeply into our psyches, consider their inconceivable magnitude and the weight of them in the heart of the man appointed to lead in that hour. “You want ME to lead them?!?” Joshua may have wondered as doubt undoubtedly raised its ugly head. Nevertheless, he got ready to go, packing his bags and ordering his people to do the same.

Quite a different reaction than forty years earlier. Maybe their feet hurt and they had holes in their socks, but, whatever the reason, they decided that they must now listen to God’s invitation and have ears to hear God’s loving remonstrations.

“Be strong and courageous!” He says in verse six, as He then declares a special promise for Joshua. “Be strong and very courageous!” He repeats in verse seven, laying before their feet a specific path to walk in the keeping of His holy Law. “Be strong and courageous!” He commands them again in verse 9 as He wonderfully caps off why they can go into the “wide, wide world” and know that they will succeed, no matter the obstacles before them and the roadblocks raised up against them. Why should they be strong and courageous? How can they so “sure of themselves” as they go into this extremely dangerous situation?

They simply know God has promised to walk with them if they will come to Him through faith and yield themselves to His lordship… trusting indeed His promise to be with them wherever they go.

And so you and I are also compelled to leave our silly ideas about what God can and can’t do behind us. Let us now go into the inheritance that He has provided us, empowered by His promise to accompany us, resting in His provision for our salvation, and trusting in His plans for our futures. Let us, like Joshua, also be strong and courageous for we know that He Who saved us, also sustains us.

“Let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One Who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14b-16 ESV)

This is precisely the time for a generation to finally stand up and collectively choose to believe the promises of God. It is our time, dear one, to be strong and courageous even IF our senses aren’t necessarily convinced. It is our time and it is our turn to rise up and make a difference, going in life where God would lead us.

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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He has just finished counting the “profits” from the past week when he hears a low murmur from outside. Zacchaeus looks out the window and sees people who normally are busily bustling about their daily business but at the moment seem collectively distracted. Their gazes are fixed on something down the street, beyond his line of vision.

He sighs as he closes up his money bags and then places them carefully in their hiding spot, sliding a basket full of old blankets over them to complete the camouflage. He stands up and runs through the door out into the street wondering what the brewing excitement is all about.

Shorter than most, he can see only the backs of others as they make their way towards their goal. He listens carefully now to those around him and soon hears someone excitedly say to another, “It’s Jesus, the Nazarene!”

“Jesus? Here in Jericho?” A tiny spark of soul hunger is ignited in an aching void down deep inside his soul. As well off as he is, Zacchaeus has yet to feel whole. There still seems to be a missing piece inside. Collecting taxes for the Romans, he has made a profit and contributes to society, yet as the community’s opinion of him has turned from disapproval to dislike and even lately to real enmity, he cares less now about doing something meaningful with his life and settles for simply making a living. Lately, he’s not been able to resist overcharging his clients just a little bit to line his pocket just a little more. So what if his former friends call him a thief? They’ve already made up their minds that he is a traitor.

He draws near to the crowd and finds it so thickly mustered together that he cannot see Jesus as He walks into town. The men and women who notice Zacchaeus pointedly ignore him, muttering something about cheats and traitors. He chews his lip nervously and then spies a large sycamore tree with a few low hanging branches. The faces of the crowd are turned still to the right: Jesus hasn’t yet passed by.

The little tax collector runs ahead, springs up as high as he can and catches hold of the lowest branch. With some animated kicking and clawing, he manages to pull himself up onto the branch. He looks around, wondering if he should be embarrassed but no one seems to have noticed him: the eyes of all are fixed on the Man entering the city.

The tax collector perches on his branch watching the approach of the Man so many have said must be from God. Hmm. He isn’t driving a fancy chariot or riding in on a royal steed. In fact, He seems dressed rather plainly. Yet, there’s something very strange about the Man. There’s a sense of something whole and pure about Him… something holy. Zacchaeus looks upon this Man and realizes suddenly that God is near. He is suddenly a mass of conflicting thoughts and feelings. On the one hand, he’s both relieved that he’s stuck up in a sycamore tree and not along the street. On the other hand, he feels terribly disappointed.

Although he had climbed the tree to see Jesus better, it occurs to him that he is also nearly invisible amongst the leaves. “It’s just as well,” he thinks. “I would have been too embarrassed to talk to Him… too ashamed.” He watches Jesus calmly walk through the crowd gathered about Him. “Besides,” Zacchaeus muses, “there were so many important people around that Jesus surely would never have time for me.”

As Jesus’ walk brings Him close to the sycamore tree, He suddenly stops and slowly turns His gaze upon Zacchaeus seated right above Him. Little beads of perspiration abruptly appear on Zacchaeus’ face and he can feel himself blushing. The deep eyes of the eternal Son peer into his own and Zacchaeus can feel his heart opening up before the Messiah like a book.

The thought takes shape and grows that Jesus will turn away in disgust from the selfishness and sin that He sees there. Zacchaeus’ own eyes shift uncomfortably down to the ground. “I’ve wasted too much of my life,” he thinks. “I’ve stolen from people and cheated them. I’ve been selfish and now I’ve got all this ugly junk in my past and in my heart: He can’t possibly want me now. He can’t even remotely pretend that He really loves me.”

But Jesus’ gaze remains fixed. He calls out loudly, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

Zacchaeus blinks for a moment as Jesus’ words sink into his mind. “Stay at my house?” He clambers down a bit clumsily but then hops beside Jesus as they head off towards his house. Others who witnessed what has happened murmur a little bit amongst themselves, as puzzled as Zacchaeus, although their comments are not even slightly favorable. “Humph!” they grumble to each other, just loud enough for both the tax collector and Jesus to hear, “Looks like He prefers the company of sinners!”

Have you found the one missing piece that will bring completion to your scarred heart and aching soul?

Have you found the one missing piece that will bring completion to your scarred heart and aching soul?

But Zacchaeus doesn’t care what they say… not anymore anyway. After all, this One called the Son of God has stopped in the middle of His busy schedule just to come and dine with him! It doesn’t matter that Zacchaeus is short. It makes no difference that Zacchaeus is a cheater, a thief and a traitor. The diminutive tax collector has finally found what he’s needed all this time. He has finally discovered the one missing piece that will bring completion to his scarred heart and aching soul.

They go to Zacchaeus’ house and celebrate even as the tax collector’s life undergoes the great transformation of salvation. What he once was, Zacchaeus no longer is. Those things he once trusted and believed to be true have lost their luster and are finally revealed for what they were all along: fakes, phonies and counterfeits. Money hasn’t been able to fill the empty place in his life; nor has the power of being in charge or the prestige of being a “business success”.

Only experiencing God’s gracious gift of the forgiveness of sins and walking in fellowship with his Creator matters now.

His heart welling up with gratitude and thanksgiving to the point that it feels like it might burst, Zacchaeus means to be sure that there is no going back. He pulls out his hidden treasure and sets it front of Jesus that it might no longer have power over him. “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount” (Luke 19:8).

Jesus smiles at the man before Him who is finally free of chains of sin and selfishness. The man has finally found in Jesus Christ the one piece missing from his life. “Today,” says Jesus, “salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:9-10 ESV).

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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I have heard it said that there is in every human heart a missing piece. This piece has a peculiar shape. It’s neither a square nor a circle. It’s not even a triangle. It cannot be described as a star or a diamond shape and it most certainly isn’t an uneven parallelogram. Its shape defies description.

When that piece finds its home in the center of your being, it brings to you a satisfaction and fulfillment with which nothing else can compete. But when that spot in your heart for which that missing piece is designed remains unfilled, it presents the dilemma of an aching vacuum, a bottomless yearning that leaves you heartsick, thirsting and hungering for something more.

But it is a more mundane thirst that drives a certain village woman to a well in the dry and dusty heat of the middle of the day. When she arrives at the lonely well, she finds only one other person there… waiting. Waiting for her here in a divinely appointed encounter is the only One Who can fill an insatiable longing hidden deeply within her life.

For years she has been looking to men to fit the empty and aching void in her heart. But they can’t do it. The hole in her life isn’t man-shaped. From one relationship to another she’s run, never finding happiness… never finding completeness. But today is different. Today she’s met the Savior.

“There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’ …. Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water…. Who drinks of this (well) water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (John 4:7,10,13-14 ESV).

Of course, she really doesn’t have any idea what in the world He’s talking about. “Ask You for a drink?” she must think. “I’m the one with the water jar! But hey! If You could give me that water, I wouldn’t have to come back to the well anymore.” No longer would she have to carry that heavy jar all the way to the well and then all the way back home. No longer would she have to endure the venom of the cold and baleful stares of the other women in the village or pretend to not notice the mocking sideways leers of the men she passes in the street.

“…Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water” (John 4:15 ESV).

The tender Savior looks upon her and sees how she has lived. He discerns the choices she’s made and knows the emptiness that still leaves her hurting. In tenderness, He lovingly moves to lay bare all the fruitlessness of her past pursuits so that her eyesight might be cleared enough to let her see real hope before her.

“Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come here.’ The woman answered Him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true’” (John 4:16-18 ESV).

Imagine her bewilderment when it finally begins to hit home that something divine is happening. The dawn of God’s mercy begins to pierce the night of her confusion and despair and the music of His grace breaks through the deafness of her mundane sensibilities. “Oh, I get it. You’re a prophet, right?” she seems to say in verse 19. And while she doesn’t quite perceive the enormity of the moment in that God Himself is speaking with her, she knows something unusual is going on. “The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (He Who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am he’” (John 4:25-26 ESV).

Suddenly the lights come on in the woman’s heart. Suddenly she knows that she has found what she’s been missing her entire life. Not acceptance from a man. Not physical pleasure. Not financial security. The hole in her life is God-shaped therefore only one thing may fill it. All the things in her past to which she’s looked for meaning and purpose are illuminated in the revealing light of truth. All those seem plastic and temporary now. All seem artificial or at least superficial. Here on a day that is otherwise like any other, she finds God reaching out to her, ready to fill the void.

A missing piece

God created us to need Him. So when we turn to other things for purpose, satisfaction & meaning, we are never really complete or whole.

And still ready today to fill the empty space in our hearts, He reaches out to you and me with the one, all-important missing piece: His love. As we turn to Him in faith and confess our sin and repent of going our own way, we can know that as He met with tenderness the guilty yet hurting woman at the well in John chapter 4, He also will meet us at whatever place we find ourselves. He is ready to do a work of grace in your heart today. He is ready to lay bare plastic dreams and synthetic ambitions, but only so that He can give to you living water that will spring up into a fountain of eternal life!

“The LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail” (Isaiah 58:11 ESV).

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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