Building Margin for Sabbath – Week 4, Day 5

Daily Scripture Reading:

John 4:13-14 – “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”

 Let’s be honest. Everyone has times – moments, days, maybe even weeks – when they feel far from God. It doesn’t matter if we’ve been following Jesus for years or for months.

It might be a difficult time in your life and you wonder: “Where are you, God?” It might be a busy time in your life and you’ve skipped a few days of prayer time. Now you wonder how you will make your way back to God. It might be a time when you know that you’re not in God’s will and you feel unworthy or guilty. It’s just easier not to open your Bible or talk to God.

Sometimes you reach a point of giving and giving until you have nothing left to give. Too often this happens to God’s servants. We serve and serve but we do it on our own strength. Our resources become depleted.

Think about the difference between a canal and a reservoir. A canal allows water to flow through it – as water flows in, water flows out. A reservoir waits until it is full before the water flows out. If we operate our spiritual lives as canals, we are in danger of depleted resources. Instead God calls us to operate as reservoirs. It’s out of the overflowing fullness of God’s power that we give. God’s water gushes forth as a spring of life.

 Prayer: Lord Jesus, I confess that sometimes I feel a little lost. I am not as connected to You as I want to be or know I should be. Forgive me. Help me remember, Lord, that You are always there ready to fill me again. Come and quench my soul so that I will never thirst again. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Reflection Question and/or Application for the Day:

Be honest. How close to God do you feel today?

If there is room for improvement, what can you do to come back to God? More time in prayer and/or in reading your Bible, asking forgiveness of someone, asking forgiveness of God for some way that you know that you are out of God’s will?

Whatever the reason, what will be your next right step towards a deeper relationship with Christ?


Devotion from Building Margin for a Balanced Life, devotional book, small group study and sermon series

©Tim Reaves and Trish Archer

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Photo by Will Archer 

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