What it Means to Thirst for God

 



 “Come, everyone who thirsts,
     come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
     come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
     without money and without price. ” 

(Isaiah 55:1 ESV)


I recently listened to an audio version of Seeking Allah: Finding Jesus  It’s the story of a Muslim man, Nabeel Qureshi, who converted to Christianity. The narration of the book is by Nabeel, himself. He speaks with great tenderness, sincerity, and passion. Once I begin listening I could not put his book down. I listened to it straight through. 

This man’s desire for God was intense. So intense that he was willing to pay an enormous cost. God used his story to deepen my desire to know Jesus and to more fully trust him with my struggles and pain. I, also, gained a greater awareness of what crucifixion is and feel awed by Jesus’ love in submitting to it.

And I  gained a great appreciation for peace-loving Muslims, of whom there are many. In regard to valuing and honoring family members and friends, Christians could learn some lessons from them.

This is God’s promise to people of all cultures: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV).

It’s not in the huge challenges of life that we most often fail to call on Jesus; it’s more often in our smaller, everyday struggles. I hope that you will read Nabeel’s book and choose to more fully call on and trust Jesus in dramatic ways. I hope that you will read my poem and choose to call on and trust Jesus in your everyday struggles. 


Call on the Jesus of history

Whatever your struggle
Whatever your pain
Don’t be afraid, and don’t complain

Call on the Jesus of history
The ONE who died upon that tree
The ONE who arose in victory

When no one can fix you
When nothing has worked
Don’t give up and imagine the worst

Call on the Jesus of history
The ONE who died upon that tree
The ONE who arose in victory

When your sleep is disturbed
With dreams terrible and odd
Don’t believe that these are from God

Call on the Jesus of history
The ONE who died upon that tree
The ONE who arose in victory

When family or friends
Leave you out of their plan
Don’t withdraw in anger, again

Call on the Jesus of history
The ONE who died upon that tree
The ONE who arose in victory

Jane Ault 3/30/2018

4 thoughts on “What it Means to Thirst for God

    • You are welcome, Judith. Oh, that all of us had a heart of love for Muslims, and everyone God created! God loves EVERYONE!

  1. I’m starting to learn that all the things that I go through are a part of God’s plan for me, to shape me, to teach me, to mold me into the child He wants me to be. I’m learning that it’s only when I turn to Him and give it all to Him for guidance that life makes any sense and it all works out when I do. It’s never what or when I planned or hoped for but it is best when God takes control.
    You poem so beautifully speaks to this.
    Thank you for sharing it.

    • You are welcome, Debbie. Thanks for sharing what God is teaching you. Yes, it’s amazing how God works good out of everything we go through.

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