It is a weary land you live in. It is dry. It is hot. It is dehydrated. The wind blows over the dry dusty ground and stirs up the sand. It is a true desert.
Are you thirsty, yet?
Are your lips parched? Is your brain and body sapped of all its own energy? Is your power depleted? Have you come to the bottom dregs of a deep and dark well, and have you wrung the last drops of worldly water from the canvas of earthly salvation?
Have you found that earthly salvation is an empty salvation?
Have you found that there is nothing…NOTHING…in the physical realm that truly satisfies? Have you tried everything to fill that aching, driving, insanely ruthless thirst that is inside of you that just won’t go away? Is your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth? Have your eyes taken on that empty, dry, mad look when you find that this world offers no viable answer?
Are you ready to listen, yet?
Where do you go now when you have seemingly exhausted every sinful thought, every imagining, every desire, every intent, and STILL, this hollowness persists? STILL you know that the sin in you is never satisfied? Like death, sin is never satisfied completely.
How do you escape? How do you get outside of your own body which has betrayed you, used you, abandoned you, and yet, it was really your body…you… all along? The guilt, the condemnation, the conviction, the horror, the wickedness, the evil that is you?
Where do you go?
“Listen! Whoever is thirsty, come to the water! Whoever has no money can come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk. You don’t have to pay; its free! Why do you spend money on what cannot nourish you and your wages on what does not satisfy you? Listen carefully to me: Eat what is good, and enjoy the best foods. Open your ears, and come to me! Listen so that you may live! I will make an everlasting promise to you– the blessings I promised to David. I made him a witness to people, a leader and a commander for people. You will summon a nation that you don’t know, and a nation that doesn’t know you will run to you because of the LORD your God, because of the Holy One of Israel. He has honored you.” Seek the LORD while he may be found. Call on him while he is near. Let wicked people abandon their ways. Let evil people abandon their thoughts. Let them return to the LORD, and he will show compassion to them. Let them return to our God, because he will freely forgive them.” Isaiah 55
Oh, we serve a GOOD God! Thank you, Jesus Christ! Amen!