Time of Refreshing

by APC on August 03, 2016

Daydreaming about jumping into a body of cold water every hour? Considering dumping a bottle of water (or the contents of a water cooler) on your head regardless of the gawking stares from coworkers, classmates, family members, or confused onlookers?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, there is but one conclusion. It must be August, and it must be hot.

Every year during August we throw caution to the wind and do anything to keep cool. We salivate over TV commercials of people drinking Coca-Cola, with beads of condensation dripping down the sides of the bottle. In our temperature-ridden delirium, we find watching someone else enjoying a cold beverage even helps us cools off.

When we’re not daydreaming of ways to get cool in la-la land, we’re desperately trying to get our hot, little hands on pretty much any cold liquid. When we’re successful, the cold drink takes great, is our thirst-quencher, and is unbelievably refreshing.

Realistically, due to varying climates, modern inventions, and every-day conveniences, we have the ability to easily escape the hot and dry landscape of our physical realm. But, this doesn’t translate to our spiritual life.

Many of us are walking through a spiritual desert or are experiencing a spiritual drought. During these times, no amount of air conditioning, tub soaking, or cool liquid is going to satiate our thirst. Anything earthly can’t provide true refreshment.

But, we can be comforted in knowing there’s a heavenly solution to refresh any parched spirit:

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing… (Isaiah 28:11–12, KJV).

God sent us a Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost (John 14:26). All throughout Scripture, we see signs of believers being filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance (Acts 2:4). Isaiah prophesied about this experience, and called it our rest and our refreshing (Isaiah 28:11–12).

It’s not coincidental Jesus said: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38, KJV). Jesus was speaking of the Holy Ghost that would later be poured out on believers (John 7:39); He likened it to rivers of living water.

God has provided a refreshment greater any earthly beverage—the Holy Ghost. It’s the true refreshing; the living water of our spiritual life. No matter what we’re experiencing, all we have to do is tap into the presence of the Lord, and when the Holy Ghost washes over us, that becomes our time of refreshing.

If you are tired, worn out, dried up, falling apart, or anything in-between, all you need to do is to seek the refreshing God has in store for you! Acts 2:38 tells us how to receive the Holy Ghost, and once it’s in our lives, we can be refreshed by it anytime we want.

Today is your time of refreshing. Why don’t you step on in and get refreshed?