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The Greasy Pole!

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week or two ago someone sent to me the above comical little video to put a smile on my face. A light hearted exchange followed and while we were in 'conversation' I thought how life can be rather like that of the unfortunate squirrel at times.

'Aha!' I thought, 'I think I have an inspirational thought for Rest a While's next Blog.'

After a little search and finding the video again I noticed the first comment from a viewer expressed the same sentiment I had intended to use. The commenter wrote: "A perfect metaphor of our life in the modern world." And so now, if I am able I would like to elaborate a little on that sentiment from a Biblical perspective.

"My people have committed two evils;
they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
Jeremiah 2:13

All around me it seems there are people attempting to climb 'greasy poles' in a frantic attempt to attain the prize at the end of all that effort. (Whatever they feel the prize might be!)

Perhaps the prize for them might be acquiring more money to buy the things they think they need. Perhaps it's getting more 'friends' on social media to boost their self esteem. Climbing the corporate ladder until they reach the top just might satisfy the ambition that burns in the breast. Some just might even get to the top of the 'greasy pole' and enjoy the prize, but the satisfaction will only be short lived. Why is that?

It is because we were never made to be satisfied with anything other than the living God who made us. God has declared that it is a sin to forsake Him who is the source of all that which satisfies the longing soul, and attempt to try another way. All that effort only to produce something with holes that cannot retain the thing that we think we need.

It is pure folly to attempt to live without the living God.

No matter how good and viable the reasoning might appear to be according to human reasoning, the Bible tells us: "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14: 12. In fact this is so important to grasp this fact, the Bible tells us the very same thing a second time in ch 16: 25!  And when the Bible mentions something twice we need to pay attention; for this is important!

And so sadly I look out at the people around me, both near and dear and those further afield, and watch them pursue something that is going to hurt them while ignoring the encouragement to turn to the Lord, 'the fountain of living waters'.

The Lord Jesus once said:

"Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him
shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
John 4: 13-14.

This He said to a woman who wasn't afraid or too proud to admit before Him her dire need.

If you were to read the account of this conversation the Lord had with this Samaritan woman beginning from verse 3 you will see that the Lord didn't point an accusing finger at her. Simply by allowing Him the time to speak with her she soon understood that the life she had been perusing was causing her to 'thirst again' and He was the One able to quench that thirst forever.

 Nothing has changed you know, and neither has He!

03_Mar_The Greasy Pole

The Bible tells us that:

 "He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness."
Psalm 107: 9.

If only folks, perhaps even someone like you would be prepared to turn to the living Lord Jesus, the only source of 'living waters', and trust in Him fully, they would soon find out that He is indeed true to His word ...

"If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
John 7: 37-38.

Now that sounds like a picture of absolute soul satisfaction to me, so much so that the life and the joy inside cannot be contained and overflows for the benefit of others in the near vicinity. Those who know this for themselves quickly discover that 'greasy pole' climbing is no longer necessary, and very much a thing of the past. :)

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>> Do you have any questions or comments about how to find the satisfaction in your soul that the Bible promises? I would love to hear from you - why not say hello down below!

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