A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
While I was walking over my parched land I came across this little patch, green and blossoming, seemingly ambivalent to the fact that there is no water or moisture in the ground.
As rains continue to NOT fall on both the believers and non-believers in Christ, the landscape becomes a very real, harsh, blanched picture. The grasses, crops, and even some of the not deeply rooted trees are withered and dying. This dry scorching heat has enveloped the land, inescapably ruining the unprepared. Whether by crop insurance or emergency loans some may be able to recover their crop and cattle losses but one thing will be inescapable for everyone; scarcity and hunger.
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.
A bright happy spot in the scorching sun.
But wait, these little patches of color and refreshment appeared out of the desolation. Cheery little flowers against a stark backdrop. These little guys popped up with almost a spiritual connection, where there is seemingly no moisture, yet they are fed. Is God speaking here? Is there something?
The world is a spiritually dry place, in fact, desolate and blighted, filling itself with pleasures and notions to mask the emptiness, building mega churches to try to fill that emptiness with more…..emptiness. Then, I think of the local church, one that is spiritually connected to God, in a dry and weary land where there is no water, who, as Jesus said, drink from the well of Living Water that will not run dry. They stand out, as a city on a hill, a bright point in darkness, a gathering of refreshment, connected through a common root.
God created the local church to be a ministering spirit, providing for not only spiritual needs but also physical needs. You need to be a part of your local church. Like the picture above, the grouping is clustered together, not individual little flowers on their own, because on their own the little flower would shrivel up and die. So also, in God’s economy, you don’t simply stay off on your own and watch a little god.tv . He created the local church for love, fellowship, teaching and accountability so that you can be, not only fed, but be on the frontline feeding others.
If you aren’t in a local church, get in one. If you are in a local church make sure it is operating in the Spirit of Christ and if so, connect, serve, give what God has given you to give back. If you are reading this, and you don’t know Christ and you’re wondering, what in the world??? God has brought you here for this reason, that you may have an opportunity to pause, realize what you’re missing and come to Him , accept Jesus and receive refreshment in a dry and weary world where there is no water.