One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in Judges chapter 4. Sorry guys, I’m all in when it comes to championing strong men in leadership, but in this story, a guy named Barak is a big chicken, and brave Deborah along with a lady named Jael step in to save God’s people.
What does it mean to “press in” to the presence of God?
The best example of someone who “pressed in” to God was the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:42. Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house and the crowds were so huge they were almost crushing Him. But a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years literally “pressed in” through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe. Here was a woman so desperate for what Jesus had, she physically pushed through the obstacles to get closer to him.
I think we all have obstacles in our lives.
In this week’s video, I share three Ws and four Qs, with the hope that they help us all get closer to Jesus.
Last week, we saw the woman at the well in John chapter 4 as the one who tried to quench her “soul thirst” through relationships with men.
Today, we see a man named Nicodemus in John chapter 3 who had possibly been trying to quench his “soul thirst” through self effort, or through obeying all of “God’s rules”.
Which one are you more like? I think I’m a pretty even mix of both. I know I’ve looked to things like being able to have kids, or more financial security, or recognition from certain people as my thirst quenchers. I’ve also been like Nicodemus and put my hope in my moral living and all my church work to satisfy. Both have at times left me even more thirsty in the end.
In the Gospel of John chapter 4, in the famous story of the woman at the well, Jesus describes Himself as the Living Water. He continues by saying, “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14 NLT)
I KNOW that ALL of Jesus’ words are true. I KNOW I can trust Him completely. And yet, there have been times in my friendship with Him that I have been thirsty. That I haven’t felt alive.
Maybe you’ve been there.
Maybe you’re there right now.
The following are some of God’s truths and some of my thoughts that I pray will inspire hope, and point you in the most likely direction to “re-find” the Living Water you thirst for.