Sunday rest and reflection: thirst quencher!
Dear Friends, Greetings on another day of rest! Summer is a time of heat and humidity in Kentucky! Every time you work or play outside, you work up a thirst! It is easy to get dehydrated because of sweating and fluid loss. Plenty of water is needed to stay hydrated and healthy. But there’s another kind of thirst that I want us to talk about today. It’s a spiritual thirst for God Himself!
Isaiah 55 is a chapter in this week’s reading that I did not get to comment on. It is a prophetic call to those who are thirsty. This thirst is not just for water, but thirst for the love of God and intimacy with Him. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. (Isaiah 55:1) The fare offered doesn’t cost money but it isn’t totally free either!
Listening to God is one of the ‘costs’ that Isaiah lists as essential to enjoying the banquet of love with the Lord. We must come to the Lord and listen to His Word. We must hear what He says and obey. We must be careful not to spend our money on that which is not bread. (Isaiah 55:2-3) Many people today are investing their time, money, and labor on frivolous pursuits that won’t count for anything in eternity. They are seeking pleasure from things, building fine houses, and living for their flesh. Seeking the Lord first while He may be found should be the priority of life. (Matthew 6:38) (Isaiah 55:6) In the Lord is the finest of pleasures and a delightful satisfaction of our hunger and thirst!
God’s call in Isaiah 55:7 is to those who are living in wickedness and evil. He calls out to them to join the feast by repentance and dependence on God’s mercy. God is not desiring to punish anyone but rather have them come to His banquet and enjoy the ever-lasting covenant of his faithful love. (Isaiah 55:4) His thoughts are higher than ours and His ways are beyond our ways. He has spoken a word of mercy to all who will call on Him and just like the rain and snow coming from heaven to water the earth, so His Word will accomplish His purposes! (Isaiah 55:10-11)
God’s promises can quench your thirst! They are true, obtained by faith. They are given by God because of His faithful love and everlasting covenant through our Lord Jesus Christ! “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 to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not been glorified.” John 7:37-39 May your thirst be quenched by drinking from Jesus today! In His Love, Pastor John