Soaking Him In

Pretty much all the time, Oswald can say it better:

“…In our Lord’s life there was none of the pressure and the rushing of tremendous activity that we regard so highly today, and a disciple is to be like His Master. The central point of the kingdom of Jesus Christ is a personal relationship with Him, not public usefulness to others…If you waste your time in overactivity, instead of being immersed in the great fundamental truths of God’s redemption, then you will snap when the stress and strain do come. But if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in Him, which may appear to be impractical, then you will remain true to Him whatever happens.”
-An excerpt from Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, October 19th

It’s so easy to be consumed by the activity and busyness in the world we live in. Sometimes, we even find ourselves maxed out on Christian activities, studies, dinners, and fellowship, that we forget to spend time alone nourishing our souls by being still and resting in the Lord’s presence.

When I’m in need of some quality soaking time, I often turn to some good worship music and close my eyes to rest in God’s nourishing presence. At our Bible study last night we talked about different songs that are resonating in our hearts during our various seasons. One person mentioned the song, “Give me Jesus” by Jeremy Camp. It is a perfect “soaking song.”

In the morning when I rise,
Give me Jesus

When I am alone,
Give me Jesus

When I come to die,
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world, just give me Jesus.
(lyrics paraphrased)

Here’s a little snippet from a great live version I found:

That is the cry of my heart–beyond the stress, busyness, activity, just Give me Jesus.

Jesus, you are what I need. You are the One my heart longs for!

Even if it’s just five minutes, try to spend some time today soaking Him in and being rooted in the promises and redemption of Jesus.