Perhaps you can relate to moments in life where you come home from a hard day of labor desiring a cold drink of refreshing ice water and sit back in a recliner and relax for a few moments. This is what I was doing a few minutes ago when this thought was dropped into my mind: It would be fantastic to simply slip into a hot tub filled with wonderful bubbling soft water and relax for a little while and allow my aching muscles and hurting feet be renewed. This is what my body craves.
As these thoughts lingered in my mind, I sensed the Holy Spirit inquire of me: What about your spiritual life? Do you need spiritual refreshing? What does your heart and spirit need? What is more important – finding and experiencing physical pleasure or taking time to ‘soak in the presence of God’ for spiritual refreshment and enjoyment? I thought, well, I could do both at the same time but I don’t have a hot tub or jetted bath tub, so I guess I will prop my feet up on the foot stool and take some time to bathe in the Word of God. I picked up my computer and begin to journal. As I begin to write, the presence of the Lord became genuine.
What does it mean to bathe and soak in the Word of God? It requires us to set take time to relax, to enter into God’s presence in prayer, reflect on His word, His character, His attributes, His wisdom, His love, His grace, His mercy, His patience with us, His desire and plans for us and I could go on and on listing many thoughts the Bible can reveal to us. To bathe and immerse our soul and spirit in the Word of God requires us to allow the Holy Spirit to flow into our innermost being and fill us with God’s wisdom and presence and give us insight to grasp a tiny glimpse or foretaste of the heart of God for a few moments.
Paul, in writing to the Colossians stated it in these words:
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV
This passage of Paul’s writing will give time for some serious soaking. Read through these verses several times and they will begin to scrub away the temporal desires of our hearts and begin to bring us into a deeper relationship with God. They reveal the character of the new man in Christ is to seek God’s heart in every word we speak, action we take and endeavor we attempt. These are life changing words to soak in. And these are only a few verses with life altering encounters found in the Bible if we will take time to ask God for His wisdom as we obediently, without reservation, enable His word to saturate our heart, soul and spirit.
What a brilliant God we serve. He has sent down His word to us in tiny droplets of ink written by men upon ancient parchment that is living today through many biblical translations, breathing life into weary souls and thirsty spirits if we will only take time to sit still long enough to allow the Word of God to wash us and cleanse us from the attitudes, motives, cares and entanglements we face in our present social culture.
So I say again that, in order that the word may dwell in you, it must first enter into you. You must really know the spiritual meaning of it; you must believe it; live upon it; drink it in; you must let it soak into your innermost being as the dew saturated the fleece of Gideon. It is not enough to have a Bible on the shelf; it is infinitely better to have its truths stored up within your soul. It is a good thing to carry your Testament in your pocket, it is far better to carry its message in your heart. But mind that you let it get right into you.
Yet, if there is any book that can thrill the soul, it is the Bible. If we read it aright, we shall, as it were, lay our fingers among its wondrous harp strings, and bring out from them matchless music such as no other instrument in the world could ever produce. There is no book so fitted or so suited to us as the Bible is. There is no book that knows us so well, there is no book that is so much at home with us, there is no book that has so much power over us, if we will but give ourselves up to it; yet, often, we only let it look in at our window, or knock at our door, instead of inviting it to enter our very heart and soul, and therefore we miss its power. Then, when it once gets into you, let it remain there. A person could not be said to dwell in a house even though he should enter into the most private part of it, if he only passed through it, and went away. A man who dwells in a house abides, resides, remains, continues there. Oh, to have “the word of Christ” always dwelling inside of us – in the memory, never forgotten; in the heart, always loved; in the understanding, really grasped; with all the powers and passions of the mind fully submitted to its control! I love those dear Christian people who do not need to refer to the printed page when you speak to them about the things of God, for they have the truth in their hearts. They have a springing well within their souls at all times; and they have only to hear a Scriptural theme started, and straightway they begin to speak of the things which they have looked upon, and their hands have handled, of the Word of life, because it dwells in them. – Charles Spurgeon, “Christ’s Indwelling Word” Sermon delivered at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, on Lord’s Day evening, April 10, 1881.
Meditate on these thoughts. What is your spiritual source and how often do you seek for it to quench your thirst? Are you limiting God by only seeking Him during times of need, perhaps infrequently or are you seeking for an everlasting, unending flow of spiritual water? I desire to reside (soak) in presence of God continually. See Psalms 15.