Yesterday was the end of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. It was “day eight” called, “Shemini Atzeret”. It’s an extra ‘add on day’ to the week of Sukkot, and is connected to the idea of lingering longer; pausing; remaining another day; not rushing away. It’s also the day when traditionally the Jews begin to pray for the rain again.
Numbers 29:35 calls it a ‘solemn assembly’. On this day Solomon sent the people home after their celebrations and their dedicating the new Temple in Jerusalem. That night God appeared to him and gave him the promise that if the rain was lacking or the crops were being destroyed, if God’s people would turn back to Him and repent, seeking His face, then He would open up His blessings again.
On this day also, Jesus Himself cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” [Jn. 7:37-39]
So we encourage ourselves at this time to embrace the pause. Linger longer in His Presence. Don’t rush away. Come to Him and ask for the rain of His Spirit. Come to Him and drink.
There is one proviso: thirst. Anyone can come and drink – as long as they are thirsty. That’s the prerequisite for receiving what God is wanting to give. He works on desire. The careless receive little because they place little value on what God is offering. Thirst and hunger for God are gifts from Him. We can’t work them up. But we can ask, and He will give them to us.
In this season, let’s get hungry and thirsty for more of Him. Let’s linger in His Presence. Let’s drink from Him and cry out for a fresh outpouring of Holy Spirit rain.
Here’s today’s video encouragement. May God bless you.
Wes & Sharron