Weekly Devotion – 2/9/23

This week's devotion was written by Kim Wu.

The thing about salt is that it makes you thirsty.

So if we are to be salty out in the world, as Rev. Phil called us to be in his sermon on Sunday, we need to ask ourselves this: Are you making others thirsty? When others see your life and the way you live it, does it make them thirst for God?

Everyone is searching; we all have a longing for a spiritual experience. That desire is hardwired within each of us. For some, it results in a restlessness, a dissatisfaction with the direction of their lives. For others experiencing pain, trauma, and hardship, they are desperate for a place to turn. A safe harbor in the storm.

How do you share your experience of God with others? Or maybe we need to back this up a bit, and first ask ourselves, are we regularly experiencing God in our lives?

Because I believe that if we are truly experiencing God, if our hearts have been “strangely warmed” by the presence of God, then we can’t help but talk about God. We can’t help but talk about how God satisfies our thirst. And out of this warmed heart will flow actions that also testify to all the ways that the hope and love of God fills us to the brim.

Can you identify with the words of the psalmist in Psalm 63, when he says:

1 O God, you are my God; I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
6 when I think of you on my bed
and meditate on you in the watches of the night,
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.”

Do you thirst for God? Or are you allowing your innate appetite for God to be spoiled by other things? Are you comforting yourself with things like food or media? What are you thinking about or dreaming about?

Timothy Keller writes, “The more you know God, the more you have an appetite for Him.” Spend time with God, getting to know His glory, power, and love. Study the truth of God, reflecting and meditating on it.
And when your appetite is attuned to all that God offers, it will fill you with delight. It will fill you with peace that is beyond all human understanding.

And that is what will make others thirst for God: seeing how God satisfies your thirst.

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