Still Waters

still waters“For sheep, it is the shepherd who finds the water. Very often, he is the one who with much effort and industry has provided the watering places.  Water is essential for the sheep’s well being.”  Phillip Keller

Likewise water is essential for the well being of humans as well, but not just physically. The human soul also has a capacity and need for the water of the Spirit of the eternal God.

Every human soul has a thirst for God, but sadly, many try to quench it with things of the world, which do not assuage the longing.

As St. Augustine said many years ago, “O God! Thou hast made us for Thyself and our souls are restless, searching, ‘till they find their rest in Thee.”

“Only the shepherd knows where the sheep can find still, clean, pure water, water that will truly satisfy.  Unfortunately, sheep will often settle for polluted potholes, where they pick up a disease.” Phillip Keller

Sadly, we humans are much the same.  Like Esau, we often settle for a pot of porridge over our birthright.

Outside and inside the church, addictions continue to rise.  Drug, alcohol, sex, spending, you name it.  Many are trying to satisfy their thirst for God with polluted potholes, which make them sick.

Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (satisfied).”

We must continually eat and drink from the Word of God.

In John chapter 4 we learn the story of a Samaritan woman who has gone to the city well, to draw water.  She encounters Jesus there. He teaches her about Himself (the living water).  He explains that if she receives His Spirit by faith, repenting of her sins, and giving her life to Him, her thirst will be satisfied for eternity. This woman was a great sinner, yet she came face to face with a GREAT Savior.  She had had five husbands, and the man she was currently living with was not her husband.

Friends that is why Jesus came to this earth, to satisfy our thirst and bring forgiveness for our sins! He says in Luke: “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32 NASB)

What about you?  Are you restless? Is your heart thirsty? Do you long for the abundant life that Jesus promised?

Is it possible that you know the forgiveness of Christ, but you haven’t forgiven yourself?

Come away by the still waters and find rest for your weary soul.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

12 thoughts on “Still Waters

  1. Darren the Disciple (@DiscipleDarren)

    I always love the comparison between a sheep and a shepard to us and God. It really is perfect. And you’re right about how nothing of the world will satisfy us like God will. I think that’s why Matthew 5:6 says what it says – only those who are looking for righteousness will be satisfied.

  2. findingourfeetorg

    I am SO thirsty… and yes, I know of God’s forgiveness but often struggle extending it to myself. I think I struggled with this “unworthy” complex for so much of my life that I sometimes limit God to the same expectations that He might also find me unworthy. But when I stop to remember that He saw me as worthy enough to send His own Son to buy my freedom, I know I am cherished beyond anything I could ever fathom. It’s not about our sins, it’s about our salvation. Beautiful post!

  3. Michelle Bengtson

    I am so grateful that God intensified my thirst for Him, for as you say, we so often look to other things to quench our thirst, but those other things never satisfy. Beautiful post, beautiful application of scripture! Love you so!

  4. Lace Grace and Freckles

    Thank you Jesus for the thirst that you can only satisfy. Cheryl this post was beautiful.

  5. Walter Kahler

    I enjoyed your article Cheryl and yes, it’s easier to try in quenching the spiritual thirst with other things. One of the most rewarding experiences for me in salvation is the way Christ continues to make me thirsty for Him. He does that in many subtle ways and all I have to do is keep seeking Him. I really liked your point in forgiving ourselves. Sometimes I struggle with that one and when I do forgive self the freedom is comforting. Thanks for a great share my friend.

    1. securelyheld Post author

      Thank you, Walter. Yes, I’m so thankful that as we drink from His living water, He enables us to forgive ourselves as we forgive others. Blessings to you!

  6. Sharon

    NOTHING this world offers can come close to being in the pasture with OUR SHEPHERD. Thank you Cheryl for this beautiful piece.


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