For awhile now I've been writing articles for our church newsletter and posting on this blog (many of the same articles) without a title. Well, it's a new year, and for this new year, I have a new title. From now on, I will be writing and blogging under the title “Drink Deeply.” The idea for the title comes from Isaiah 55:1-2:
Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
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 delight yourself in abundance.
The words “drink deeply” never appear specifically in this text, but the idea is all over it. Each one of us is thirsty. We have dry mouth. There is a longing within us for more, and we can’t find it anywhere around us. There is no thirst-quenching liquid that we can lay our hands on. Like pouring sand into the mouth of the parched is the pursuit of the hopes and things of this world to the one thirsty for God.
But we don’t have to remain thirsty. There is one who satisfies. There is one who fulfills. His name is Jesus. From his own mouth we hear these words:
...If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, “From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)
There is satisfaction for the soul-seeking thirst you have. There is an answer for the anxiety you have. There is freedom from the addiction you have. There is healing for the hurt you have. There is peace for the fear you have. There is purpose for the suffering you’ve been through. It’s all found in Jesus.
This is great news, but it gets even better. This water, this satisfaction, this peace has no price for us. Oh, it had a price, but the price was paid for by Christ when he bought your redemption and your joy through his blood sacrifice on the cross. And now the offer is to come. The banquet has been spread before you and the invitation has been extended. You thirsty? Come. You hungry? Come. You don’t have any money? That’s ok! Come. Eat. Drink. Delight yourself in abundance.
Every one of us thirsts. We all feel the thirst deep within us—the longing for freedom, peace, holiness, rest, and fulfillment. Jesus is the water we need, and we will only be quenched when we heed the invitation to come. So let us come. Let us bow down at the edge of the river of life. And let us drink deeply.