Spring is coming, and along with it comes many plans. We have plans to enjoy the weather, plans for outdoor activities, maybe even plan do some spring cleaning. That’s not so exciting. Behind these plans is the eager anticipation of life being fresh again. We are longing for rejuvenation, eager to see the drabness of winter go with the arrival of flowers, leaves and new grass.
This desire for rejuvenation serves as a tangible reminder of how we should live our lives.
As Christians, we should have freshness in our lives driven by the excitement of things being made new. God is always at work in our lives. He is constantly making all things new.
2 Cor. 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
When a person comes to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, there is change that is to take place. We are to become more like Christ with the experiences of each new day, thus the phase “new things have come.” The drabness of a lifeless world gives way to rejuvenation. New life is the result of the work of Jesus Christ. God almighty comes to live inside of the Christian through the person of the Holy Spirit. The Christian has the ability to give the Holy Spirit complete freedom to use them. But the Christian also has the ability to quench, or restrict the Holy Spirit from doing that which He wants to do, bring rejuvenation.
We quench when we make our plans without seeking the Lord’s desire. Psalms 1:1 discusses how a man can be blessed. He does not “walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! The blessed man does not leave the Lord out of His plans. Instead He seeks the Lord through the Word. Psalms 1:2 says “his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. Verse 3 displays the rejuvenation that takes place as a result, “he is like a tree firmly planted by streams of water…”
Resisting the Lord, Holy Spirit, leads to emptiness and frustration. He loves us enough to allow us to experience this emptiness. Our soul cries out for rejuvenation. We long for the Lord’s ways, for Him to direct our steps. We then step out in faith and obedience, and the Lord is able to work and to bless. Psalms 16:11says, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
May the Lord bless you with freshness every day?
In Christ our Lord
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
Psalms 37:23 (NASB)
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalms 16:11 (NASB)
Man's steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way?
Prov 20:24 (NASB)
I know, O Lord, that a man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
Jer 10:23 (NASB)