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Dec 13, 2020 | Randy Gunter

Let the Thirsty be Satisfied by Jesus

Let the Thirsty and Hungry Be Satisfied by Jesus

God offers us lasting satisfaction.

1 “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. 2 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. 3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live…. (Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV)

God wants us to acknowledge our deeper needs, the thirst and hunger of our souls, where we find deeper longings that are not satiated by anything temporal offered in the world.

 

Jesus loves us enough to point out the real problem and his lasting solution for our souls. “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

People’s greater need is for a spiritual transformation that comes from Jesus Christ. Through his Spirit, he alone provides cleansing and forgiveness of sins, spiritual life from heaven, and abundant living, today and eternally.

God’s invitation to come and dine with him is for a limited time. We are in God’s season of grace, but the season will end.

6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7 ESV)

Seek the Lord Jesus. Be active and intentional in pursuing Jesus. Drop everything that is less valuable and seek what is supremely valuable and essential, the salvation of your soul. Wisdom lays everything down and pushes it aside, and moves toward Jesus.

Seeking the Lord means that we purposefully realign our lives to him. “We stop treating the Lord as a religious garnish on the side. He becomes our continual feast, our defining center.” (Raymond Ortlund) Seek the Lord Jesus right now because he is purposefully revealing himself.

Call upon him while he is near. The Lord does not require us to ascend to him; there is no climbing our way to Heaven. We cannot ascend to God, but through Jesus, God descended to us.

Calling on Jesus is to:

  • Admit your inability to save yourself or earn favor with God by your actions.
  • Trust the Lord Jesus, who took your sins upon his sinless body as the substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, satisfying God’s divine judgment and wrath against sin.
  • Be repentant (let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD)
  • Plea for his mercy. Two responses are sure: 1) He will have compassion on you. 2) He will abundantly pardon (55:7).
  • Receive his salvation by faith.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a fresh spiritual start? Jesus gives you an opportunity; he offers it to you and has already made the provision for you.

Trust God to accomplish his salvation by his word.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8-11 ESV)

By God’s design, Israel would not survive on river systems like other Middle East Countries. Their dependence was on the Lord for the seasonal rains.

Isaiah proclaimed that God’s word to each of us is like the blessing of rain. Our life and salvation depend not on our ability and provision but God’s word. Like rain sent from heaven brings life and bounty, so God sends his word to bring life and abundance to us.

God’s word and promises to us are transformational, accomplishing his purpose, and succeeding in the salvation for which he sent it.

His word is like the spring rains, bringing hope and life to you. His word washes over you, refreshing you, restoring you, and bringing spiritual life to those who trust him, turn from their ways, and surrender to him.

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