I don’t know about the rest of you, but we are getting a nice stretch of heat just before fall. It’s the kind of humid heat where you walk outside of the comfort of the air-conditioned house and sweat forms immediately. Not bad if you are trying to lose a little bit of water weight before your official weigh-in for that big boxing match you have coming up! I am kidding of course. But in all seriousness, it has been hot!
The heat doesn’t stop us from having to do the things we need to do. We still need to mow the lawn. We still need to run the kids to their activities. We still need to clean the garage. We still need to keep the pool going, or get ready to close it in my case. Doing those things can wear us down. We will sweat! We will get tired! We will get hungry! We will get thirsty! So, what do we do when we are finally done doing all those things? We eat to restore some strength. We rest to let our bones stop aching. We drink to replenish our body with lost fluids and electrolytes. Some won’t listen to their bodies and they will over work them. They won’t eat or drink when they should. They won’t rest enough to recover. Despite their body telling them to do these things they will ignore it. They believe they are smarter and wiser than what their God given instincts are telling them to do. The same can be said in our relationship with God.
So many times, we will ignore or disregard what the Holy Spirit is telling us. We think we can push through whatever it is we have going on. We think it is no big deal to put off some spiritual rest. Or to put off some prayer time. Or to dive in to the word. We consider other things to be more urgent and we will just get to that stuff when it settles down. Then we notice that we start to get tired. Irritable. Anxious. Stressed. Depressed. We let ourselves get so worn down from taking care of those supposedly urgent matters that we are too exhausted to pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is telling us.
It’s common and it is not something to be ashamed of. It is in our human nature to think that we know what is best and that we can make the call for our own lives. And that we know how and when something needs to be done. Take a look at what it says here in Proverbs though:
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
The way for us to quench that thirst and get rid of that ache in our bones is simple. GET OVER OURSELVES! We are not the end all be all. Put our pride aside! That is particularly important for us men because, let’s be honest, we have a pride issue many times. It is by HIS grace and love that we are capable of what we do. We just need to let our wisdom and knowledge come from HIM. Much like we should listen to our body on a hot day. Just listen to the Holy Spirit. Take that time to dive in to the word. Take advantage of your drive to work and get some prayer time in. Take time to rest in HIS presence. Let HIM guide you and heal your aching bones and quench your thirst.
Father, keep our minds and hearts open to your guidance at all times. Let us remember that those “urgent” matters are not as urgent as our constant need for you. Let us trust that YOU will take care of those urgent matters for us. Thank you for the wisdom you continue to give us. Thank you for your grace and love that ultimately save us from ourselves.