Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Streaming to God's Goodness

Can you picture it?  People of every tribe and tongue and nation streaming to the goodness of God?  Like streams converging into a River of Life that flows to the throne of Almighty God?  Imagine the joy and life of flowing in that stream. The diversity of language.  Diversity of color. Diversity of size and personality.  All flowing together as one stream into the presence of the Lord.

Now can you imagine, people, from every nation, falling at the feet of Jesus and admitting their independence from His Father.  Their willfulness and stubborness.  Desperately trying to find meaning in their own lives.  Seeking status and wealth, but coming away empty once they have it.  Seeking love, but finding only disappointment and not fulfillment. Seeking satisfaction, through their jobs, through relationships, through accumulating stuff. 

Never satisfied. Yet now they find themselves at the foot of the cross, admitting their sin and worthless life before God.  As they turn from their worthless lives to embrace the One who can save them from death, they rise.  In brilliance and joy. All nations merged together into one body. One Spirit pulsing life through them all.  One mind filling them with thoughts of eternity.  All these nations, streaming as one into the very presence of God. In just a moment of time.

Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the LORD--For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all. Jeremiah 31:12

Streaming to the goodness of the Lord God. Filled overflowing with all they need. Their very being satisfied like a well-watered garden. In place of sorrow, there is joy.  What a beautiful picture God has painted of the reality of Christianity.  We live within these promises as we abide in Christ because we live with Him and He lives within us.  These promises are not just for when our bodies die. These promises are for us now, while we live on this earth. These promises are found in Christ alone.  This is the new creation life in Him.

"I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness," says the LORD.

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