Giving Thanks — November 2

“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
Proverbs 25:25 (NIV)

As I continue contemplating yesterday’s thought of being thankful for the indescribable gift of God that we have been given through His Son, Jesus, I am also thankful for the refreshing that comes from the good news found in God’s Word.  There has been no greater distance traveled in the sharing of good news to mankind than the journey Jesus made from heaven to earth.  As ambassadors of God’s kingdom, we have the privilege and responsibility to share that good news with others so they too would be refreshed.

As I thought about the above verse from Proverbs, I began to recall times when cold water has been most refreshing to me.  There were the summer days as a youth stacking hay in the uppermost parts of the barn, the garden work under the blazing sun, the early adult years working on a commercial roofing crew where the only thing hotter than the air temperature was the hot tar being used to lay the fiberglass roofing felt, and summer days when the outside work just had to be done regardless of the difficulty.  In all of those times, and so many more, there is a forgotten part that takes place just before the refreshing — the shock!

Sometimes the truth of God’s Word is such a shock to the way we’ve been living life that we’re not so sure we want the refreshing it offers — or if it even has the ability to refresh at all.  I am thankful that life has taught me the momentary shock of a tall glass of ice cold water is worth the eventual refreshing that it brings.  I am more thankful that God’s Word brings a lasting refreshment to my life that is so powerful the shock of conviction and needed change melts away quickly as the love of God transforms my heart, mind, and soul.

I pray that you and I would be thankful each day for the good news of the transforming power of Jesus that comes from a land so far away yet so very close.  

In prayer,
Tom  

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