‘You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place…(Lev 15:31).
The same that was true for the Israelites in the Old Testament is true and necessary for us today. We must always be conscious of our need for washing and renewal through the Holy Spirit. Yes, it is true that a river runs through us thanks to the indwelling of the Spirit. However, it is also true that our own selfish, sinful hearts can keep that river from running generously through our souls.
I know this to be true because I’ve experienced deep, dry seasons in my life. Seasons where God felt distant, my soul felt dry and my heart felt captivated by all of my worries, fears and insecurities. At the time, I could not have told you that’s what my life was being led by, but looking back, I can say with certainty that my dryness came from my lack of connection with Jesus. It came from a life that was too busy, too worn and too worried.
You see, what my dryness produced in me was a slow dying, not a continual renewal. Until we come before the Father, drinking in His great love, we will find ourselves in dry deserts wondering where God has gone and how we can find Him.
Have you ever went looking for God only to find that He had a drink for you in the desert, but your stubborn heart didn’t want it because it meant that you had to let go of what catapulted you in the desert to begin with? Maybe that’s just been me, but those dry seasons in my life always carry with them something I’m holding onto that is unhealthy and harmful to my soul.
There’s freedom when we learn how to let go and start drinking deeply from the well of our Father’s love. Yes, it may mean we have to let things go, give up control and face our issues, but when we do, we wrap ourselves up in the well that never runs dry. The well that cleanses us from the inside out, making us new people with each new day.
Lord, grow my heart. I know the only way I can grow is to be watered by your love. Water my soul now through the grace of Jesus. Let His love pour over me, as I come to Him for daily renewal, through the Holy Spirit, in Jesus name, Amen.