It was her supply of life, of revival, of hope and she had begun to rely on it. A location she located herself regularly, day in and day out. She couldn’t go a day devoid of going to it, as she located her require for it was fantastic.
The properly was her supply of life.
She arrived every day at noon with a jar in her hand. She came eager and prepared to fill this jar with water from Jacob’s properly. She was Samaritan.
On this day she came, a man was there. He was Jewish.
The man looked exhausted by the trip he had created and decided to take a seat at the properly.
When the lady approached the properly, she noticed the man taking a rest.
Even though drawing water, the man looked at the lady and asked her, “would you give me a drink of water?”
She was taken aback by his query and asked, “how come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan lady, for a drink?”
In these days, Jewish men and women and Samaritans did not speak to a single yet another.
The man, becoming sensible and witty beyond his years replied, “if you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”
She stood in silence for a moment, unsure what to say.
She weighed each possibilities that have been just before her.
It looked a small like this…
Ought to I continue to drink the water from this properly that under no circumstances really satisfies my thirst?
Ought to I maintain returning to a properly that runs dry often and supplies small guarantee?
Or, must I accept this “living water?”
She didn’t trust him and felt extremely skeptical of his give.
“Sir, you have nothing at all to draw with and the properly is deep. Exactly where can you get this living water?” she asked.
She was arrogant and didn’t comprehend that this man wanted to eternally satisfy a deeper thirst- a deep longing for lasting companionship, produced by God: this man was the only Supply that could satisfy her soul and her longing. The water the man supplies is water of eternal guarantee, water of hope, water of joy, and water of peace.
All He necessary to draw from the properly was His spirit, for this would draw her close to to Him. He was basically searching into her heart, not the bottom of the properly. Her heart was empty and He was supplying to fill it.
This sensible and witty man at the properly my mates was Jesus and this parable is straight from John four.
Lately, I’ve been struggling with feeling complete.
It appears that anything drains me.
Preparing for Berry College drains me.
My overall health troubles drain me.
My friendships and relationships drain me.
Writing drains me.
Reading drains me.
You get the point.
Just about every single factor I do leaves me feeling drained, exhausted, and empty having said that, this changed a couple of days ago upon obtaining a extremely necessary conversation with my finest buddy Steven. I will detail the outcome of this conversation later in my post.
Having said that, I couldn’t ever recover from the continuous power I was exerting and I felt like I was pushing myself beyond what I could deal with. I was asking for the Lord to give me rest in His arms and I was asking for Him to offer me peace.
I started having so frustrated simply because it felt like God was not giving.
On Monday evening, Steven and I talked for two hours or so about strategies I could locate power and rest after once more.
I was sharing with him that I felt God wasn’t giving peace or rest for me, no matter how numerous occasions I prayed for it. I mentioned I felt like the Israelites waiting for God to give them rest and provide accurate on promises.
He says to me, “I do not consider you are asking the correct way. You can not neglect Him. He desires a connection with you, not for you to just ask Him for items, even if every single evening.”
This statement temporarily knocked the breath out of me.
In this moment, I knew he was correct. Steven, you helped me comprehend one thing essential to my survival you helped me comprehend that I wasn’t approaching it the correct way.
I wasn’t pursuing God as I necessary to be I wasn’t expanding in my connection with Him every day as I after was in the course of initial semester of senior year. Even even though I was praying every single single evening and surrendering my anxieties (1 Peter five:7 NIV) to Him, I wasn’t expanding with the Lord. I was attempting to replace the Lord with other items.
And this was my main flaw.
Clay Scroggins often hits me correct in the heart with this quote of his:
“You will under no circumstances passively locate what you do not actively pursue.”
Our hearts are the wells needing to be filled. We are the lady at the properly. Our hearts have been made to be filled up by God there is an emptiness present at particular points in our lives and God is the only a single who is equipped to fill it.
Having said that, like the lady at the properly, we rely on other items to fill ourselves up: boyfriends, girlfriends, mentors, mates, jobs, college, sports, sexual temptations, hobbies, drugs, alcohol, husbands, little ones.
But they under no circumstances fill us up even though, do they?
They do not.
And it is basically simply because they are not supposed to.
But we all do this, do not we?
Life gets busy. We are operating about like chickens with our heads reduce off majority of the time. We start to prioritize our connection with God beneath other items and responsibilities. We exhaust our power and attempt to regain power/fill up our hearts with items that are not the Lord. From that, we do not really feel like we obtain the affirmation, interest, peace, and appreciate we deserve. Then I locate we miss the point totally.
God produced us to seek him, to thirst for him, to locate him, to appreciate him. He fills the empty space in our hearts. Nothing at all else can and nothing at all else ever will. Till we comprehend that God’s acceptance and appreciate is sufficient, nothing at all else will ever fill us.
We can not run ourselves down and count on to refuel devoid of in search of the Lord every day and enabling Him to guide us.
This is verified by Daniel in a single of the Psalms.
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you I thirst for you, my entire becoming longs for you, in a dry and parched land exactly where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
He calls to God, simply because He knows God is the only a single who can satisfy his thirst. He knows if he draws close to to God, God will draw close to to Him. And it worked! David was a single of the most influential males in the Bible and this was all simply because He regularly permitted God to fill his heart when he felt empty and relied on God heavily.
On Monday, I realized I was leaving God behind. I was considering that I could just ask Him to answer my prayers devoid of in search of Him every day. I was neglecting my connection with him totally. And I located one thing extremely significant: I could under no circumstances completely have an understanding of Him, be completely connected to Him, or be completely rejuvenated and ready for the subsequent trial of my life if I chose to not involve the One particular who produced it all!
This is a ridiculous expectation I was becoming ridiculous.
How could I count on God to fill up my heart if I wasn’t pursuing Him?
There is just completely no way that this is probable and I thank Steven for speaking some sense into me.
So, he mentioned, “I consider we must begin yet another Bible plan” but improved but, we started reading Daniel collectively.
We have been undertaking this considering the fact that Monday and mates, it is operating.
By means of reading the Bible and studying the word of the Lord after once more, I really feel complete. I really feel joyful and I really feel peaceful. I really feel prepared to take on the globe once more. I have a “can do attitude” once more rather of a “cannot do attitude.”
And all it took was a single modest adjustment!
As I planned for this post, I created a list of items you can do to fill your heart with God and I am going to share that with you beneath.
How to fill your heart with God
Initially, you require to surrender to Him.
No matter whether this be in pray, journaling, singing songs, or sitting in silence you require to locate a way that you can communicate with the Lord and inform Him anything that is bogging down your thoughts. Clarify to Him how you really feel and ask Him to function in your heart. Ask Him to full His function in you and to have His way in your life. Lift anything up to Him and really feel the weight slide off your shoulders.
Secondly, you require to trust him.
Yes, I know you hear everybody in faith spewing this “you require to trust the Lord” line left and correct. But it is 100% truth (no pun intended). When you surrender your life to the Lord, you will have to have a childlike faith. You will have to surrender your worries to the Lord and trust that His strategy is sovereign. He has a strategy and in His time, He will offer.
Thirdly, you require to seek him.
In search of him regularly is a tough process. It is clear that I struggle with it, but I know everybody does having said that, function on regularly reading and spending quiet time with God. Make a schedule. Locate a person who you can study with on a common basis. But if you really feel empty I have located no improved remedy than cracking open my Bible and having down to it. You must get to discovering items simply because the Bible is complete of so numerous wonderful and fascinating items God will heal your emptiness and fill you if you are prepared to involve Him in all that you do.
Fourthly, you require to serve him by serving other people.
By serving other people, you will locate a joy deeper than you could envision. As you are surrendering to the Lord and in search of Him, you will acquire power. The finest way I can consider to invest this power is serving other people. I get lost in the service of other people simply because it fills me with so a lot power and joy. Locate a way to serve other people in your neighborhood no matter whether it be generating dinner for a buddy, volunteering at an animal shelter to stroll the dogs, assisting your mom about the property, or serving in your church. I guarantee you that you will locate God filling up your heart by way of the service of other men and women.
And these are my ideas. Plain and uncomplicated. No sugar coating or added components.
It performs, mates.
I went from operating on empty to obtaining an overflowing quantity of joy in just a couple of days.
Our hearts are the wells and Jesus is searching at us. He desires to fill us up: give us joy, give us rest, give us peace, and give us hope.
And all we have to do actively pursue Him and watch as He performs inside us… filling us.