This day, as any other day, we stand before a mighty, Holy God. In Revelation 21:6 the Lord says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
That statement reminds us, and with firm declaration wraps up for us, the hope that is the whisper of every human heart. Whether that whisper ever becomes clear to us, is by grace alone, and by grace alone it can grow into a song. We, all of us, live in a desert to our soul. A barren wasteland destroyed by sin and transgression. On every side of us there are heaps of sand and dust, presenting themselves as distractions and desires. We chase the wind as it wisps and twirls, and creates illusions for us that we can never actually catch. We may find some satisfaction in the chase, but we never catch our intended quarry and the satisfaction is but fleeting. We can never completely still the whisper even when the whirling sand drowns out the sound.
When we realize our thirst, we can cry out with the Psalmist in Psalm 63:1 when he says, “O God, you are my God; early will I seek you; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” We are dry, we are thirsty, and every source of water we drink from, other than from Him, is like a bowl of dust, or a cup full of sand. What are we doing? Why do we continue to drink what is not water? Why do we continue to run deeper into a desert without end hoping to fill our cup?
In this life we cannot leave the desert, we cannot even escape the heat or the blowing winds, but we can discover the fountain of life through Christ which will sustain us as we travel through it. Jesus, when at the well with the Samaritan woman, offered her real life-giving water and said, “ whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
Today, let us clear away the dust from our feet, and exchange our cup of sand for the wellspring of life, and remember, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:8)