It is the goodwill and gift of God, that we may come to Him thirsty and needy, and receive from Him the best of life. He wants to become to us the refreshment and sweetness we thirst and hunger for. Listen to the words spoken from the lips of Jesus.
The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.(John 10:10)
Song of Solomon 5:1
I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride.
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;
I have drunk my wine with my milk.
Drink, yes, drink abundantly, beloved.
Jesus has done the great reconciling work needed to give us true abundant life. This life of abundance may not look the way many think a life of abundance would. The abundant life He gives has little to do with money, worldly success, worldly approval, or worldly esteem. The thief would have us believe the life of abundance is found in these unfulfilling and empty things. He is the great liar, killer, and destroyer.
Some have tasted a sweet kindness and love. This sweetness begins to make all else seem tasteless, undesirable, and mundane in comparison. This sweetness gives us new eyes and hearts, that we begin to desire more and more new and better things. The old desires, pleasures and worries begin to fade and lose their hold on us. As we spend time in His Word, praying, asking, thinking of Him, He gives us His peace, His joy, His love, His gentleness. The fruit of His perfect Spirit within us.
At other times, we drink little from this life-giving fountain, approaching it as if it was something ordinary and dull. The enemy convinces us that peace and joy can be found elsewhere, and other things and pursuits of happiness become idols to us. “If only I had…” “If only I could…” Then we find that God feels distant, and the things we things we thought would satisfy are dry, empty, and lifeless. We may even be embittered against God for our lack of intimacy with Him, all the while looking to find our happiness and security in other things. I hope we will become more and more thirsty, hungry, poor and needy for our only real need, real love, real peace, real comfort. It is my hope that you will taste, desire, and seek for more of this Lover of our souls.
Friends, drink deeply, drink often from Him, from Jesus. Drink and learn, drink and think often of Him. Drink and learn from His Spirit. Learning and tasting more and more of the sweetness of the sweetest thing. Drink in the sweetness of His mercy, His love, His Spirit, His Life, His Strength.