Something happens when we respond to Jesus when we answer his invitation to walk with him when we call on him to be the driving desire of our lives.
His answer to our response is to reveal our deepest need, and show us just how much we really need him, just how much he can satisfy our souls.
He opens our wounds where his cure can begin and is a gentle physician coaxing us back to health in him. How does he do this? It’s painful. It’s refining. It’s humbling.
He exposes our sin. He peels back the layers with conviction and love. It’s the first step to granting us what we truly desire – deep satisfaction in him. He exposes the sin, not just in part, but in full.
In doing so, he has opened my eyes to show me that some sin is a choice. We might not realize it at the time, we may even be hiding it from ourselves, avoiding what we know to be true. But it is sometimes a choice.
“The secrets of your heart are open to me, but I do not despise you. In fact, I love you deeply. I know the worst that you have done, yet I choose to come to you — to talk to you and to offer you living water, to offer you myself.”
There is profound freedom when sin is revealed and forgiven.
Our greatest need truly is to know Him. How many of us are walking around hiding from that fact? The fact that we can never be truly fulfilled in life outside of Jesus. We remain thirsty when we seek satisfaction outside of Him.
Beneath all our sin is a failure to be truly satisfied in Him. Our sin is a byproduct of looking elsewhere for what only He can provide us. He knows this, of course, and he graciously lifts the cover off of it, revealing not only the sin but the dissatisfied heart that lies beneath. And he whispers to us, “Child, let your heart be satisfied in me. I love you deeply and I will give you living water so that your soul’s thirst will be satisfied.”