a wet sponge
Resistance. I tried opening a cabinet drawer that just wouldn’t budge. I moved my hand around inside the little bit of opening that I did have and discovered a hard sponge blocking the way.
Do we ever find ourselves with hardness of heart, blocking the move of God in our lives? Just like the kitchen sponge, our hearts can become hard like stones and resist His will.
John Eldredge writes, “Our heart is the key to the Christian life. The apostle Paul informs us that hardness of heart is behind all addictions and evils of the human race (Rom. 1:21-25). To lose heart is to lose everything.” 1
What is the solution? How can we ensure our hearts are pure, supple and useful like a wet, soapy sponge in our hands?
We respond to Jesus’ invitation. “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive” (John 7:37-39).
I find it exciting that on this final day of Sukkot, as the priests did the ceremonial pouring of water from pitchers onto the steps of the temple, Jesus taught an illustrative lesson about the soon-coming day of outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Friend, we need the Living Water, the Holy Spirit, at work in our lives. Our hearts can become dangerously dry without Him.
A wet sponge will not keep me from opening a drawer. It will bend and spill out excess water, proving that it was full.
That’s what I want. When God is on the move, I don’t want to resist His working in my life. Even if force is applied, may my heart be so full that my only reaction is to overflow with the Living Water.
(Knowing the Heart of God, John Eldredge, 2009, Nashville, TN, p.288.)