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Joe's Divine Ride
11/18/2010

Joe's Divine Ride  
God's Sovereignty meets Man's Freewill

And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35 (NKJV)

I was over at the bicycle shop talking with my friend Glen who is a fellow Christian brother in Christ Jesus.  He shared a story with me about a mutual friend of ours named, Joe.  Joe isn't a believer, but he has been in our lives for quite a few years, and we just continue to love him and show him Christ through our actions.  Don't get me wrong, I have had some straight up conversations with Joe many years ago when we both worked together, and so has Glen.  

Joe had shared a story with Glen about how he had gone out on a bicycle ride of about 60 miles, but had neglected to bring water with him.  Joe's journey took him far from any services and into a desolate canyon separating two cities.  As he rode through the canyon he was listening to AC/DC's Highway to Hell on his iPod. The ride was strenuous and he soon found himself tremendously thirsty.  He was beginning to realize the magnitude of his mistake.  

Joe shared with Glen, "As I was in the canyon, I was just thinking about water, and I said to God, 'lead me to the water.'"

Now I find this very cool, and I am sure some would see the irony with me as the picture was shaping up very nicely.  Here is this guy who doesn't have a relationship with God.  And he is out in a canyon without water and his body is overheating as a result.  He is listening to a song that is ironically very profound, as the lyrics were blaring into his head, "I'm on the highway to hell", over and over.
Now God's mercy, grace and longsuffering never cease to amaze me, and His sovereignty is unfathomable, as He is working in every situation.  God is faithful to give us the guidance we need and He will use different ways with different people - He doesn't want to see anyone eternally lost.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

And so God, in His sovereignty decided to answer Joe's request for water.  As Joe exited the canyon he saw a building on the right side of the road.  He initially thought it was a business but soon realized it was a church.  As he entered the building he found there were people inside receiving the "Water of God's Word."  They too, it appears, were thirsty.  Except this water would quench their thirst forever.

Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:13-14 (NKJV)

Joe didn't stay for the remainder of the service, but he did get a drink of cool water from the fountain.  He told Glen it was the best holy water he had ever drank.  I'm not sure what he meant by this, but I do know God had planted a seed within Joe's heart.  Perhaps Joe will one day thirst again, but this time, he will seek Jesus.  Perhaps he will indeed be thirsty for something more than the water this world has to offer and he will seek to drink from the Water of God's Word.  

Hey, I am sure each and every one of us knows of many "Joe's" in our life - those people who have not taken the time to seek God and to know Him.  My point of this writing is this - God is working in every person's life. There are no coincidences in God's plans - He is aware of every detail of our lives. We can be confident of God's resolve to make sure that we have been given the chance and the choice.  God has done His part.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

But we must be willing do our part as well...

But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:40 (NKJV)

I don't believe God intended to bring the whole world to church to hear the Gospel message - I believe He prepares the church (us believers) to go to the world so they may hear.  We need not be ashamed to share the Gospel message with them, because it contains the power to save (Rom. 1:16).

If the Lord leads you, start praying for my friend Joe, or for yours. Pray they may have ears to hear, and eyes to see all that God wants them to receive.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to God's provision for salvation and man's responsibility?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you thirsty for God's Word and to have a relationship with Him?

APPLICATION: Seek the Water of God's Word today and quench the thirst every human has, but few choose to satisfy.

Father, thank You for the Water of Your Word.  Thank You for quenching my desire to know You.  Help me to be continually quenched, as I turn to Your Word daily.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
 


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