I know how you feel. I’ve felt the same way myself, but I found that there’s always an “Oasis of Grace” to be found because, even when one makes their bed in Hell, He is there. (Ps. 139:8)
And so…If you are in a dry desert place, let me encourage you, today. There is Hope.
God Is The Oasis
- Not because we are good but because God is so good.
- Not because we deserve help but because God loves us so.
- Not because of us but because of God.
The oasis is not over the next sand dune. Living Water is not somewhere over there…just out of sight.
The disciples were in a burdened and heavy laden. There were “in a desert place” emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The gem in what Jesus said to them was in the literalness of the translation. We read in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
He Didn’t Actually Say, “I Will Give You Rest.”
Jesus actually said, “...I will rest You.” How cool is that?!
Jesus wasn’t telling His disciples that He had something to give them, like pulling a warm blanket from His closet on a chilly night and giving to them.
He was saying, “He, personally, is the rest….[the warm blanket…the cool water to drink]”
In the desert, He is the oasis, Himself. Stop looking for a way out. Stop waiting for circumstances to change. Stop. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. His Spirit within you is the fountain of living water. His promise to the woman at the well (John 4) was that she’d never thirst again, because He would always be available as her “bottomless cup.”
Circumstantial and emotional times of dryness are common to this life. Jesus experienced every temptation that is common to man. But…
Look “inside.” Look to that place that is deeper than the surface of your emotions. Fix your inner eyes upon your Living Oasis. His grace will fill your soul. First ankle deep. Then knee deep. The waste deep.
Escape into the home of His Grace, right now!