But the rich and the poor have this in common;
They are tired and in need of living waters
In my job, every day, all day, I work with families in crisis. I find that people are very tired from running life’s marathon; yes we are in a marathon. Some of us run through life with the most basic of finances. Some of us try harder so we can go higher and farther in life. Others struggle to keep their head above the water and some of us try only to stay happy, hoping that our finances will grow and not plummet.
It doesn’t matter who we are. The ones that are successful, they have to continue what they are doing in order to maintain success. The ones that are poor are striving to gain more from this life. But the rich and the poor have this in common; they are tired and in need of living waters.
I ask myself the question, “What do we have to do to truly find rest in this world?” And more and more, I come to the conclusion that this world offers no such thing as rest. Yes, there are times and moments of rest along the journey, but it’s a journey of survival. And all of the challenges that we face are to test our hearts and our heart attitudes towards God.
I understand more now why the Bible says that it’s difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. (See Matthew 19:23). The rich person sadly thinks that he can buy happiness with money. But it’s not true. However, the poor are just same. They too believe that money can buy happiness. Friends, I have met people from both sides and I come to this conclusion: The most important thing in life is the attitude of the heart.
King David, in all his wealth, stated that the “good life” was to be in the presence of God. For him, it was the most important thing. “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple.”– Psalm 27:4.
When you are tired from life’s marathon, whether you have little or much, cry out to the Lord like it says in Isaiah: “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” – Isaiah 40:31
So, to the Pastor, who stands in front of the congregation each week and preaches God’s word but feels empty inside of himself, and to the one who has a large home, personal security, and an abundant of riches but has no quiet inside his heart, and to the single mother/widow who feels like there is no more strength to go on alone, I say this: Your peace and strength is only found in the love of Yeshua our Messiah. Rest and abide in Him.
God bless you!