So here’s the challenge—actually the battle; with such thirsty and hungry souls, what will we consume to satisfy the daily dryness? Our deceptive hearts, the world around us and Satan (our three greatest enemies) would have us believe that sinful, rebelliousness fruit is the best way to be “hydrated”. However, just like a caffeinated, high-sugar drink keeps us craving more, so sin leaves us empty and ultimately brings about the decay and destruction of our souls.
The prophet Jeremiah in bringing the Word of the Lord to his generation said that there were two problems with the people of Judah: “... for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken [the Lord], the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). We do the same thing when we say “Forget you God!” and daily run after our private stashes of refreshment.
Yet, there is hope and there is a true source of pure water to quench the thirst. God Himself is that source of nourishment and life. We were made that way—to be completely enriched and sustained by Him. There is a welcome sign out for both saint and sinner to be satisfied in Him. Isaiah, in my opinion, has the clearest insight into the matter when he recorded the words of the Lord: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live …” (Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV).