By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi
I thank God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with. Recently in this country there has been warm weather, temperatures sometimes rising to uncomfortably high figures. Many have had to seek refuge in shade after exposure. People have had to ʻget activeʼ at preventing some of the stress that high temperatures bring: heat exhaustion, dehydration, burns, and so on. Water has been important in these series of activities. Even without excessive heat we get thirsty, and need to get refreshed in our hearts, minds and bodies.
In the journey of life the Christian also feels the heat. Our constant activities that help us remain focussed include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual exercise that leave us needing refreshment. Activities like praying, worship, meditation, watching, waiting, fasting, going the extra-mile for people just because of Christ. Spiritual heat can be produced from these activities as well as from battling against every appearance of the devil and his evil devices. Spiritual heat can produce discomfort, stress and sometimes pain. With certain conditions met, we have our refreshment, solace and comfort in the Lord.(Psalm 1.2-3).
How will you get refreshed?
The various solutions that the systems of this world offer may temporarily tackle problems. They are often a temporary fix to an enduring problem. God offers a permanent solution, giving himself as a guarantor and our insurance policy.
The woman of Samaria had traveled some distance from the city by foot alone in the heat of the day to Jacobʼs well, carrying a water pot and necessary tools to fetch some water. She had practical, relationship, physical, emotional and spiritual issues that nobody had addressed before. She must have been feeling not only physical heat, but a spiritual one
She encountered Christ Jesus at the well. He demonstrated that he knew her, her situation, her several problems, and cared for her enough to help her. Jesus offered her the opportunity to receive direction, instruction, peace and purpose in her life when he challenged her in verse 10. (If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water). I believe that encounter changed her understanding, life, and situation permanently. Have you ever wondered how busy the city might have been when she arrived to declare incredible things about a certain Jew she met at Jacons well? It would be interesting to know what was in vogue, what the gossips were, and what social challenges needed tackling all those years ago!
As our society gets distracted by the temporary issues of the season (heatwaves, holidays, fires, crime, politics, the established customs and traditions which do not honour God, and so on) let us see these as reminders to refocus on the things that really matter. In case you are feeling the heat, how do you plan to get refreshed? Rather than getting distracted, what deeper things is God trying to tell us today?
Here are some thoughts to help us focus:
1) We will get weary from time to time in the journey of life. In fact there will be issues to tackle, problems to solve, and we will need constant vigilance to ensure we do not drift away from our spiritual goal. Eccl 3.1-8
2) Jesus knows about each and every problem we may have, including those we are not even aware of. He is the one to associate with. He is the one to hand out with when the going gets tough and hot.
3) Jesus himself is the solution, answer and cure we need. There is sufficient demonstration by signs, wonders, power in the historical account of what he has done in the past and the testimony of saints today.
4) John 4:14. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
5) He wants a relationship with you. He wants to start afresh. He wants to give you relief, refreshment, relaxation. He wants to give you living water, so you will never become exhausted, overheated, or lose our spiritual vitality.
6) Matthew 26.41, Be sober and vigilant 1 Peter 5.8, Ephesians 6.10-18, Psalm 1.1-3,
7) Psalm 46. 1-11, verse 4 and 10. Be still and know that He is God
In summary we have to focus on what the word of God tells us about each and every situation. We must not be distracted by what is popular or what is in the news. Be they good, fair, bad, harmless or hard to put in a category. Our approach should be determined by what Godʼs thoughts are regarding them. I pray that as we tackle those things needing our attention, we will continue to enjoy the refreshment that comes from God alone and remain in His will regardless of what goes on around.
By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi