by Susan Sampson
Falling in love again with our Lord and our husbands. It is a process isn’t it?:) The process of sanctification will continue until we go home to be with our Lord. For now, the fruit of the Spirit is love. And praise be to God, fruit grows. As the Falling in Love Again with Your Husband study comes to a close here, may the Lord grow all the seeds that were planted in our hearts for His glory! For the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Praise God that “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me” (Psalm 138:8a). We can rest in the Lord’s faithfulness and love. It is God alone who brings the growth! “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” (1 Cor. 3:6-7).
In reviewing the lessons, I worked through Lesson Five, “A Fountain of Life” this morning. The Lord graciously reminded me that He is the SOURCE of all goodness, righteousness, strength, love and holiness. I am writing to you from San Diego, California. The hotel my husband and I are staying in is a beautiful oasis in the midst of somewhat dry and dessert like land. “O God, you are my God; earnestly 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” (Psalm 63:1). The flowers here are stunningly beautiful. There are many gardeners working meticulously to give great care to tend the beautiful flowers.
In this lesson we read Psalm 1 which describes the blessed man as one who is “like a tree planted by streams of water” (v. 3). We also read Jeremiah 17 which describes the blessed man as “like a shrub in the desert” (v. 6).
There is no flower or shrub in the desert apart from the water. The water is the source of life. Day 2 is titled “A Fountain in the Desert.” Jesus is “the fountain of life” (Psalm 36:9). We must go to the SOURCE. We must go to the fountain and drink deeply.
Please do not give into the temptation to stop having your quiet time now that Bible study is over. I can see in my mind the picture of many branches scattered across my backyard right now. They have no leaves, they are dry and brittle, they have no life. “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
The prophet Jeremiah describes how God’s people turned away from Him. “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jer. 2:12-13). They turned to self.
Praise be to God for sending His only Son, Jesus Christ to rescue us! The fountain of His blood has washed away our sin!! “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness” (Zech. 13:1).
To be the oasis to our husbands that the Lord calls us to be, we must go to the SOURCE of life. For every believer, the source of life dwells within us! And He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us!! Because of the gospel, we must immerse ourselves in His word. We must saturate our hearts and our minds with the word of life. Jesus continues to call us to Himself. He says to each one of us, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).
Thank you Lord for this study, for our husbands, and most of all for sending your Son to become sin for us so that in Him we could become the righteousness of God!! May you cause our hearts to worship and adore you this holy week o Lord as we anticipate celebrating your life giving resurrection this Sunday!