13, December 2013

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Are You Running on Empty?

‘I will pour out water to quench your thirst…’ Isaiah 44:3 NLT

Julie Coleman writes: ‘I was heading to a writer’s conference in Philadelphia when I realised I’d better think about stopping for petrol… Normally I’m fussy about where I stop…but as I drove the lonely stretch of road, I began to feel desperate… any minute…I’d be stranded in 40-plus degrees and I didn’t even have a water bottle…I drove several long [kilometres] until I came to a tiny crossroads. Four houses….and a petrol station! It looked like it could be called ‘Joe’s Petrol Station and Storm Door Company’…I’d probably have turned up my nose at it in another circumstance. But at that moment [it] was the best thing I’d ever seen! Funny how our circumstances can dictate how we feel!’ Running from his enemies, David prayed, ‘…My soul thirsts for you…in a dry, parched land where there is no water… I look for You in the holy place to see Your power and glory…’ (Psalm 63:1-2 GWT) Would his prayer have been different if David had been living in luxury surrounded by servants? Not knowing where his next meal was coming from and sleeping outside every night changed his perspective. When life goes well, we become self-sufficient and forget God. Spiritually speaking, we run on empty until a spark ignites an outburst. If your car’s tank is empty, whose fault is it? The petrol station hasn’t moved! You chose to drive by without stopping! When you’re running on empty, you end up hurting those closest to you, then dealing with the guilt that comes after a flare-up. God said, ‘I will pour out water to quench your thirst.’ So today pick up your Bible and refuel your soul!

SoulFood: Est 1-4, John 20:19-31, Ps 105:8-22, Ecc 6:1-7:4

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

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