Water on a Hot Summer’s Day
Is. 55:1 Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have 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 carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
The needy are hungry and thirsty and they have no way in which to satisfy their cravings. God calls out to the needy and by his grace offers a genuine welcome to come and rest in him. He will provide the water and the food without any cost. If only we will incline our ear to him, listening to his voice and leading — he will provide, for his love is extended to his children, whom he loves.
It’s going to be another scorcher in Kansas City today. The weather is blisteringly hot and it’s necessary to be hydrated on days like this. It’s not hard to be hydrated because I can find water just about anywhere. But what if that weren’t the case and I were to try and survive in this heat without anything to drink. Just imagine what it would feel like in a very short period of time.
The people of God desperately needed physical water and food, but they also needed spiritual nourishment. We are living in a time when the hot summer sun of the world is shining down on God’s people. It may feel that we are parched and thirsty as a result of the issues which surround us. At the same time God says that he will provide water and food — for free! We are to lean into God during this time and follow him to the place where he will provide us with the springs of living water. This is his business and he will supply our needs in the midst of the trials of this world…IF we incline our ears to him.
We must listen to the still small voice of the Lord to follow his leading. He has a way for us but we must rid ourselves of the distractions that will keep us from following him. Then he will provide us with the water that we need for today — and every day!
Lord, thank you for your living water. Amen.
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