In our nation, we do pretty well for ourselves. If someone has difficulties, by and large, they can be cared for and people with needs have places where they can get help. If we see injustice, we can call for it to be addressed.
Even so, we all have an itch; an itch tickling the back of our throat, telling us we haven’t got quite everything we need. We still get hungry, there’s always one dollar more, and our bodies need constant upkeep to stay healthy.
God knows this, and he has the answer. Through Isaiah, God promised that he has the thing we thirst for, something which will satisfy us more than health, money or full stomachs ever could. We receive that satisfaction if we do one thing: we hear and internalize what God has for us. If we do, we receive a connection to God where we are advocated for, guided, and protected with everyone else who hears and receives.
We receive that connection through Jesus.
Do you thirst for God? Are we satisfied in the unique connection we have been given through Jesus, who guards us, directs us and says we are pardoned for our failures, or are we so satisfied with life that people can’t distinguish us from the thirsty?
Let us thirst for the Living God.
“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; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 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 55:1-7
Written by Jacob Tedrow, Pastoral Resident/Director of Assimilation