Obey your thirst!
Over the past couple months I’ve had a thread of theology that has been stuck in my head. It seems every time I read the scriptures, it doesn’t matter what book chapter, and verse, I come across this teaching. When I listen to sermons I hear it as well. That may be in part of me listening to sermons on stuff I’m studying but my Pastor has also spoke on this the last couple weeks and I don’t get to pick his sermons. The topic I’m speaking of is abundance for the Christian or maybe you could say abundant blessing for the Christian.
I initially got stuck on this topic because I was reading Isaiah and came to chapter 55. I’m sure some of you are familiar with this chapter and have heard it quoted in evangelism before. I believe the previous two chapters directly correlate with this chapter. In chapter 53 we see the Messiah’s substitutionary death in behalf of His elect. In chapter 54 we see the establishment of the new covenant, which is a direct result of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah. Then in chapter 55 we see a call for men to come into this new covenant by coming to Christ!
In chapter 55 we don’t only see an external call of men we also see what happens when men come. Notice the text,
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price
This call is to one who is thirsty. Notice when He calls the thirsty He gives the thirsty exactly what he needs and desires, water. If you’re thirsty there is nothing that you want more than drink! If you’re thirsty and someone offers you a steak it wouldn’t be that desirable, however if they offer you a glass of water you’d take it immediately! The picture here is of someone who is spiritually thirsty, meaning they have no spiritual drink. They have no fountain they can drink from, yet God calls them to “come!” God calls them to come because He is the Fount of Living Water! Remember Christ in John chapter 4 and 7 teaching that if any man come to Him he may drink! Not only if any man come to Him he may drink but he will never thirst again! How can Christ say this? Well because He satisfies! He’s not just a drink of living water, He’s a fountain of living water. As the writer of Psalms say’s, “yea my cup runneth over.” He, if you will, super satisfies! There is no other drink that satisfies like Him. In the second chapter of Jeremiah we see a people that have forsaken this foutain of living water and God called it evil! They weren’t only evil because they have forsaken fountains of living water but they did what every human will do. They try to satisfy themselves with broken cisterns of dead water! If they forsake fountains of ever flowing living water they will chase broken vessels of dead, dirty water that can never satisfy!
Notice what else the text say’s, “he that hath no money.” These people He is calling to come are not only thirsty but they are broke! They are poor, destitute sinners that can’t be satisfied in this life! God calls them to “come” without money and without price! Come you poor destitute and thirsty sinner to the fountain of Living water and be satisfied, for free! This is a clear picture of salvation and blessing from God.
God doesn’t only tell the sinner to come without money, which is a picture of their works or merits. He’s telling them that when they come they will be blessed abundantly or a better way of saying it is super abundantly! He gives grace on top of grace to the broke, thirsty sinner that comes! He pours out super abundant grace on the undeserving, broke, thirsty sinner! The only stipulation God gives is to “come!” Jesus taught this very same thing in the new testament in John 7:37. There He say’s it in almost the same language and there should be no doubt that He was referrencing Isaiah 55. He say’s, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. Also in Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
This is no new teaching, however it has been impressed upon my heart lately. We as sinners, not only get "saved” when we come to Christ but we get so much more! First and foremost we get Christ, the fountain of living water! He satisfies our every need and desire! However He also blesses us with so much more! He blesses us with new hearts, new minds, new lives in Him! He blesses us with lives of fruit, with lives of obedience and with lives that aren’t yoked to the old law! He, as He say’s, gives us rest in Him! We can rest in the new testament from striving to obey a law that only served to kill! We obey a Person who gives life and life more abundant! We have so many blessing in the new covenant I could write this blog forever! To name a few though, we have “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, and temperance.”
So in closing I would say to the Christian, you have rest in Christ! You have fruit in Christ! You have a fountain of overflowing, living water in Christ! Continue to drink from Him daily and you will be satisfied! Throw away those broken cisterns of sin that can never hold water! Look upon Him who is the author and finisher of our faith!
To the non-Christian, our God say’s “Come.” Come drink of the fountain of living water and be satisfied! Forsake your old ways and take upon His yoke for it is easy and His burden is light! Come to Him and He will give you rest!
For His glory!