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A People Who Are Sitting Near The River Yet Are Slain With Thirst
"Thirst will be heard..." - Charles Spurgeon
We live in a time when people are seemingly - "fainting for thirst"(Amos 8:13). Even though there are churches on just about every corner of our land and the Gospel is being preached through different forms of media, there is a famine for hearing the words of God. The church - generally speaking - is not hungry for God. Resultantly, she has lost her strength, beauty, and influence in the world.
Could it be that she has become like Dibon(Jeremiah 48:18) - built by the children of Gad and situated on the Arnon River - which once abounded with water and was a fruitful land but now "sits in thirst"?
Is this a future look at some in the church - the picture of Dibon who has "come down from her glory" and now "sits in thirst"(Jeremiah 48:18)?
She abounded with all spiritual blessings - sat in "glory" - but now - "sits in thirst" - destitute of the means of grace and spiritual life - and is encompassed by a desperation for hearing the true word of the Lord? Could her problem be that she desired to "sit in glory" - in the midst of wealth, mirth, and all manner of pleasures - and now finds herself destitute of the Power of God - so much so - that she (some of her so-called members) along with the heathen are looking unto the Psychics for a word of direction for their future.
For all those who have no desire to seek after God but look unto the world for satisfaction, God promises to "make them as a wilderness, and set them as a dry land, and slay them with thirst"(Hosea 2:3). And unfortunately, we can see this happening more and more in the churches of today. They have become as a "dry and thirsty land, where no water is"(Psalm 63:1) - destitute of the means of grace... deplete of all spiritual joys...and lacking of the refreshing waters of God's Presence and Spirit. Like the church at Sardis, they "have a name that they live, and art dead"(Revelation 3:1).
Yet, in the midst of this deadness among "believers," a cry can be heard - coming from the very heart of the Lord Jesus Himself. That cry is this - "...If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink..."(John 7:37). Said another way, it is - "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters..."(Isaiah 55:1).
The "waters" is a metaphor for the wisdom and law of God. Who has a keen sense of their need for His Word? Who has a vehement, active, restless, and intense desire for His grace and the blessings of the Gospel?
In Jesus, any and all will find an ever abundant supply for the needs of their soul. For all those who thirst after spiritual things and eagerly desire them, they will drink abundantly...partake largely...and drink to their satisfaction of the fullness of the grace found in Him. Their souls will become as a watered garden - full of the blessings and life of God.
At first glance, this message seems so elementary. Many will pass over it - thinking that they already know all of this.
The question is not whether or not the church is - for the most part - spiritually dead but are you personally dead and what are you doing to change that fact?
Do you have a hunger for the things of God?
Are you growing spiritually from day to day?
Is the power of God in operation in your life?
Are you attending church to draw closer to God or to fellowship with man?
The deciding question that will determine where your heart is at this point is this - If there were two seminars in town, which would you pay an exorbitant price and your time to attend - the one on "How To Get Rich Quick" or the one on "How To Be Made Pure In The Sight Of God"?
What gets more of your attention throughout the day - making money or serving God? What do you have a greater desire to read - the newspaper(especially the sports, latest fashion, movie review sections,etc.) or the Bible?
In contrast to a "dead" church, listen to the words of David - a man after God's own heart - as found in the Psalms -
"My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God..."(Psalm 42:2).
"O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is"(Psalm 63:1).
"I stretch forth my hands unto Thee: my soul thirsteth after Thee, as a thirsty land"(Psalm 143:6).
Instead of being satisfied with living in "a dry and thirsty land, where no water is," David sought after rain. He may have been in a wilderness, but he wasn't going to allow that setting to stay weary, dry, and lifeless for long. He make up his mind that he would turn that exhausted, weary, desert land into a fountain.
Whether anyone else in his midst sought after God, he surely did. He longed for His word, worship, a greater knowledge of Him, communion with Him, and more grace from Him. With his whole being, he went after God for His touch and Presence in his life. He knew that gold, honor, and pleasure were all lifeless things that could not satisfy his soul. Hence, he followed hard after "the living God" - the only God Who could bring true satisfaction.
In Isaiah 44:3, the Lord God made a promise to His people when He said - "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground..."
The "thirst" must be there before the "water" is poured out.
Judging from this statement, we can see why many of the churches are spiritually "dead." There is simply no "thirsting" after spiritual things. Rather, we see that the world has crept in and replaced God. Now, many of the churchgoers are more interested in getting as much of the world's goods as they are "thirsting" for the things of God.
Do you find yourself in a spiritual wilderness at this time - where most people are not desiring a move of God or His Presence to be manifested in their midst? You can turn that wilderness into a fountain through your "thirsting."
Thirst after God! Thirst after God! Thirst after God!
Even if no one else does, you do it!
The Lord Jesus said - "If any man thirst..." Let that one be you!
Come to Jesus and drink of His living waters. And don't stop until your soul is satiated and you have enough to share with a world that is "fainting for thirst," "sitting in thirst," and being "slain by their own thirst."
May God Bless His Word.