““Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.”
Isaiah 55:1-2 NKJV
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV
I remember my life when I worshipped the God of self and went about unsatisfied. No matter what I did, there was no lasting satisfaction, just an increased craving for more and more, only to find myself getting less and less. Many a dreadful morning was experienced, full of regret.
Our world is full of things that fill up our time, waste our money and leave us wanting something more. It is like we are pursuing that “peak experience” that will give us the rush that lasts. We are like junkies after the first fix, constantly injecting poison into our bodies in the hope that we can have that initial jolt once again. It never comes.
Solomon, the wise king, had the opportunity to have whatever he wanted. He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concumbines. He knew every carnal pleasure that one could ever imagine. Yet he found no satisfaction.
““Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What profit has a man from all his labor In which he toils under the sun?”
Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 NKJV
By the word vanity, Solomon refers to mere vapor, or breath on a cold day. It is seen and it fades into nothingness. Life spent seeking after the flesh is like that. Nothing lasts, and in the end there is a hole, a void that must be filled up again. Vanity of vanities indeed.
On the day that I became a believer in Jesus, I began to see my thirst move from desiring mere water, toward the living water of my Savior Jesus. I began to seek the One who could fully satisfy me. The things I did in he Kingdom, were more than fulfilling. I have not had a moment where I have looked back on all the time I have invested in Jesus as loss. However, I look upon the greatest things I did in the flesh as a complete waste of the vitality that the Lord gave me.
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:7-11 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we are in a world that has exhausted itself in pursuit of the next fix. It has done all things, and has done them again. There is no future in this world as it repeats the same old pursuits, receiving the same outcomes. The cycle of lawlessness has diminished the existence of people, and only brought bondage when they have been programmed to think they have freedom.
As I read the passage in Isaiah, I was reminded of the abundant life I have in Jesus, how my desires have been transformed. There is coming a day when this world will be made new. All the sin and struggle will be gone, and life will complete in Jesus. The people of the world will come and drink the water and never thist again.
“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.””
John 4:13-14 NKJV
Come to the waters, my people, where there is refreshment. Turn from the fleshly concerns of this present world, and enjoy the great salvation. Go and tell others of that great wellspring, that they be like the woman at the well, drinking deeply.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10 NKJV
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