One of my favorite scriptures is found in John 4:13-14 – This is where Jesus asks a Samaritan woman for a drink at a well and tells her “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water, springing up into everlasting life.”
I’m so thankful that when I dwell with the Lord in his presence, there is a thirst in my soul that he quenches. Spending time with him in reading the word, praying or journaling is so foundational for my life to function! This is the fountain of water that does not dry up. These moments enable me to keep dwelling when I want to honor him with my time, with the things I say, how I treat others, and make decisions. Of course our flesh longs and cries out for unfulfilled desires, but there is still a fulfillment in him as we wait in faith for what we’ve asked.
I was reading back through some sermon notes from this fall and one teaching, in a simple and impactful way, outlined the signs of His presence. It’s been a perfect reminder for me that when we’re in the presence of God, there are benefits that outlast any temporary solutions we devise. In Him we find our help, no matter what we’re facing.
If you’re feeling dry or empty, void in any of the areas of peace, joy, clarity, or rest – take hold of the truth that each of these are found by trusting in and spending time with Jesus. Below are some key verses to take in as a reminder for all that God desires to do for you!
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” – 1 Cor 14:33
“Peace I leave with you, peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
“You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:9
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105
“Come to me all you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest” – Matt 11:28
“I will both lie down in peace and sleep; for you alone O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8