June 21st 2010

The Heart Of The Father

“They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 7:16-17 (NLT)
 
Can you imagine the rejoicing inside the Father’s heart to make His children happy? To take away all that this world has weighed you down with, to lift that burden from your back that He’s been longing to do for so long? What about those who are hungry and thirsty, those who have no home to live in, no food to eat, or drink to drink? Now they will have a home, food, and something to quench their thirst.

Imagine the hand that spared you from the flames of hell, the hand that hung the stars so that you could enjoy them, the hand that, according to Isaiah 42, has held your hand for so long. Can you imagine that hand wiping away all your tears, all your pain, past hurts, the loneliness you have felt at times, all the burdens you have carried for so long that you just wouldn’t let go of? Gone, with one touch.

I have had some hurt in my life, as I’m sure you have too, and I have seen more than my share of people who are dead because of the weight of this world. I have tried to cope with pain on my own before and ended up in trouble. All along I have grown up knowing that there was a God and that He loved me. Then the world told me that God didn’t care and that it was up to me to ease my pain; but if I had only known the heart of God, that He wanted to carry all my burdens; that my pain was something that He already paid the price for and was waiting to take from me…if I would have just asked.

The hunger pains of God’s children are meant to be satisfied. That day when we stand before Him and tell Him that we have nothing without Him. When we say to Him we have thirsted for a long time, but now are ready to be satisfied…. The water of this world is tainted and His water is pure; their water is temporary, but we know now that His is eternal.

The tears that fall as an attempt to wash away the pain will be replaced with tears of joy, due to the blood that was shed on the cross at Calvary. He longs to pour out His Spirit on His children and heal our wounds while we are in His presence, but we fail to surrender and lay it all down in order to be in His presence. 

One day when we are before the King, He will fulfill His promise. The promise that we will not hunger or thirst any more, because He is the bread of life, and the water He offers will cause us not to thirst again. He will protect us from the things that are constantly beating on us and He will be our refuge. After the hand of the healer wipes away our tears, you will hurt no more; you will have no more reasons to hurt. You are home now and your Father will not allow the enemies to hurt you any more; you are in His lap and He will never let you go. What a way to be welcomed home….

Prayer
Dear Father, how exciting that day will be when Jesus returns to put things right. Help me to live each day as if this day was the day of his coming.
Amen

Study by Fraser Murdoch 

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