Summary: 2 part message on being thirsty for the things of God.
This morning we will begin a message about being thirsty for the things of God and hungry for God to do something in your life.
Many people say that they want God in their life and many say that there hungry for God to make a change in their life.
But what people say they want and what they are willing to do to see it happen are two different things.
We are going to look at the words of the prophet Isaiah, written more than 2500 years ago, recording the words that God had given him to speak to a rebellious nation of Israel.
After hearing about the newscast of the Boston Marathon bombings, there should be no doubt that though 2500 years have passed, people still do tremendously evil things and we still need God to do amazing things in our life.
They refused to obey God and were at the time suffering the consequences.
Isaiah was addressing the rebellious people of Israel, who were exiled from their homeland.
God allowed the Assyrian Army to come and take them captive in Babylon.
They were dragged from their homes, forced to be slaves in a country that paraded their gods that supposedly had defeated Israel’s God Jehovah.
They were strangers in the land. They were depressed because they felt God had abandoned them.
Why is it that people walk away from God, do their own thing, and then blame God?
Accuse Him of abandonment.
They choose to walk into the wilderness and then blame God for a wilderness experience.
They put themselves in a black hole of depression by walking away from God, yet blame God for where they are at.
Sounds like people today, right?
No time for God except to criticize Him for not being there when they decide to cry out to Him.
God gives an invitation to the thirsty- and by thirsty, I mean people who want God to refresh them, to revive them, and give them what they need.
“Come, all who are thirsty”
Those who are satisified with what this world offers, they see no need for Christ.
They do not thirst.
They have no desire to receive or act on His invitation.
To those that are thirsty- The Bible references
Christ as water
Fountain that brings healing
Psalm 42 writes “As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you O God.”
One unsatisfied, depressed, and not wanting God
One longing for God, wanting him to satisfy his thirst, and relaying on God to satisfy that thirst.
Which one are you? You cannot be both.
One mad at God because they feel abandon, and not acknowledging that they have walked away from God.
One realizing that they need more, unsatisfied, and desiring God to be more in their life and they are thirsting after the things of God.
“The Spirit and the bride say “Come, and let him who hears say, Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”
“On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice “ if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink, whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them.”
“Come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have not money, come, buy and eat.”
Did you see what just happened here?
The invitation just included everyone. You who have no money are still invited to receive. You who have no money have no excuse, because it is being offered to you. You who have no money, sit your pride aside and come.
Christ will not disappoint us- He will meet our expectations.
There is no cost, because the cost is already paid.
It is free to you, but the cost paid was much more than any of us could pay.
Accept the gift that satisfies.
The prophet tells the rebellious people of Israel, and he tells each of us today to not only come, but accept God’s offer of salvation, and a life that will satisfy and fill that void that is in our lives.
Write this down! Only Christ satisfies your thirst!
Jesus quenches our thirst!
Dr Jennings, a Hebrew scholar puts it this way, “the invitation is for all who are dissatisfied and deeply feel that they are missing a vital ingredient in their life.”
Some of you know exactly what I am talking about.
Our Bible study, Crazy Love, we see a God who relentlessly is pursuing us and desires to have an intimate relationship with each one of us.