God The Thirsty Friend,
When we use the word thirsty in today’s culture it has a negative connotation, however when we view God as thirsty it puts a different spin on it. We realize that we are to be grateful to have a God that is thirsty for a relationship with us. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to watch Christmas movies, I split my time evenly between Hallmark and lifetime. It occurs to me that the reason I enjoy them, and many others do as well is that it shows us the best versions of ourselves. We may snark at them, call them cheesy or even corny but, these movies bring us to a place inside ourselves that we long to tap into. In these movies, there is a conflict or a betrayal that always ends with an offer of forgiveness and grace. Psalms 103 10 & 14 respectively, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. “As a father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. I am very happy that God is not an absentee father. He is so dedicated to His children that He states in Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” A God that stands at the door and calls out Here I am! What an amazing God, what love, He is fully aware of what we will do and yet He still stands at the door and knocks. Knowing we will disappoint Him, break his heart, and yet He is still waiting on us to open the door. As our hearts are moved to open the door, to seek a closer relationship with our father, Mathew 16:25 provides us with a guide, “for whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” As believers our hope comes from the cross, it comes from a risen savor that delights in giving us the desires of our hearts. He is a father in all areas of our lives. He will walk with us through the consequences of our actions. He never leaves us and does not treat us as we deserve. I invite you to open the door and invite Him in, it does not mean that you will never face any challenges but, it does mean that you will not face any of them alone. In Exodus14:14 God reassures His people in the middle of a battle with these words “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” Open the door, allow love to fight for you. You don’t need to know-how; just answer the call and he will be your guide. Honestly, if you just have a curiosity about God why not take some time and read His word, visit a church, ask God to send you someone and He will just as He sent Phillip in Acts 8:30-31 “ Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. Do you understand what you are reading, Philip ask? How can I, he said, unless someone explains it to me? So, he invited Philip to come and sit with him. Our God is so thirsty for a relationship with us He already has a Philip waiting for you to answer the door. Why not crack open the door, open His word today.