The Revealer and Purifier (Lessons from Voice of Rushing Water)

Evening was finally peeking around the corner, but instead of praising God for faithfully bringing me through another day…instead of reflecting on His hand of goodness that I had seen in that day and thanking Him…

I grumbled about how hard and tiring the day had been.  I complained about what I hadn’t gotten done…the things that I needed but didn’t have so that I could tackle those tasks I hadn’t got done…and pretty much anything else I could think of that hadn’t gone according to my schedule…

Isn’t that crazy how grumbling and complaining feed on each other?

As these rampages were going through my mind, I felt the tap of God’s finger on my shoulder…

I sat down on a chair, and said, “I know, God, my attitude really stinks right now doesn’t it?”

I didn’t need an answer.  I could smell the stench of my attitude, and it was about as fragrant as the air where a skunk has released their aromatic scentL

As I sat there, I confessed my attitude to the One against whom my attitude was most offensive, and then I admitted that I needed His help…

Because that night my mind seemed to be stuck in a quagmire of complaining and grumbling which was quickly turning into bitterness…

On my own, I couldn’t get out.

But with God all things are possible – even getting free from an attitude that stinks:D

And in His mercy and grace, He didn’t just stop there!  On the heels of asking for His help, He gently reminded me of all that I had to be grateful and thankful for…

And you know what?

He purified my heart and replaced the grumbles with a song of thanksgiving.

This morning as I was once again walking along Symphony Corner and listening to the sound of rushing water, I looked down into the channel that the water had cut for itself.  After washing away the layers of dirt and clay, the water had revealed some rocks of various sizes.

But the work of the water didn’t stop there.  As it continued to flow over these rocks, the water washed and purified these rocks from the clay that was clinging to them, so that their vibrant colors were clearly visible.

And this is the work that God, my Creator – the One whose voice is like the sound of rushing waters – does in our lives.

The Word that He has spoken is able to discern the thoughts and the attitudes of my heart…

Even better than I can.

And when there are attitudes in my heart and mind that are repulsive to a holy God and that are hindering me from walking in obedience to Him…

He is not going to let them sit in my heart and keep on fermenting.

Just as water washes away the layers of dirt to reveal what is beneath the surface, He whose voice is like the sound of rushing waters is going to pierce my heart with His words in order to reveal to me what is really going on beneath the surface.

And once they are revealed, His intent is not that I keep hanging on to them and hugging them close.

His intent is to purify me of their presence, and that is what He has promised to do.  1. John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

He whose voice is like the sound of rushing waters is both the…

Revealer of the heart…

And the…

Purifier of the heart.

And as painful as this process can be, I am thankful that God is the Revealer of what is in my heart, and then that He is the Purifier of those attitudes that stink…those thoughts that I have no business thinking…those words that would have been better left unsaid…those actions which have no place in the life of a redeemed child of the King.

Just as water reveals and purifies the ground over which it travels, I need to have God – He whose voice is like the sound of rushing waters – to reveal and purify my heart, my mind, my words and my actions.

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