Keep Your Spirit From Desperation

My, Devotion to Him #135

VERSE PASSAGE: Isaiah 55:1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” – NIV

It’s amazing to me that we spend money on different designer labels for water with or without added ingredients. In the age of commercialization you have to be on your toes if you want to make money. Isaiah was great at this. Though he wasn’t in it for the money, in fact he actually told them to come buy without any cost. Now that’s suspicious. Even the best deals on tv are 19.99 if you hurry up and call within the next five minutes. Isaiah however broke through and said this product doesn’t even cost money! It’s free to all who will take. We know that in today’s society there are a lot of takers and almost everyone likes free stuff. Isaiah got the listeners hooked because he used the basic necessities of life: water, milk, and bread. 

Each item has its own spiritual quality attached to it. Water is used as a refreshment and it’s critical for life itself. Milk is for nourishment, and basic human growth that is needed. Bread is a basic food source that in itself is a basic foundation for advancing to strong spiritual foods. This is a party free of charge. 

How great it is to be invited to a free party! No admission charge, no age requirement, not even a limit of attendees. We simply just have to show up and enjoy the party. However many will not show up. They decline because they are to busy in life or they claim they are not hungry. Too many of us do not understand that our spirit man is in desperate need of nourishment and true refreshment can only be provided by God. 

One of the most dangerous things that Christians are facing today is not laziness. It’s a life of distraction. Too many of us are worried about getting top dollar jobs and buying fancy things even if it cost us time with Christ. I know because I was one. I thought if I could work my tail off even at 60 hours a week I could afford this and get a head on that. But in the end my relationship with God took a hit. In the moment when I was no longer employed and struggling to get a job is actually where I found peace. I was in a storm of financial struggle and yet I found peace. I was reminded that God feeds the birds and all living things. I am so much more valuable to Him. He will provide the need. It was that moment that I turned my back on a distraction. I knew that if I just got a regular job and budgeted right and focused more time with God, He will be the one to take care of me. Even with my wife and I working 60 hours we were constantly struggling. Now we work way less than that and have focused more on Him. Since that change we have actually better positioned ourselves. It was not us but Him. When we allow ourselves to be distracted by the world we are committing our spirit to a life of desperation. I will never go back to that life. Christians need to make up their mind how they will live. I wholeheartedly believe that God does not want a life for us in which sacrifices time and a relationship with Him. When we make our life revolve around Him our life will be blessed beyond measure. 

God Bless!

Copyright © 2018 by Jacob D. Olinger

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