Feb 29, 2012

Posted by Rev. Mark Jones in Evangelism | 0 Comments

A River in Dry Places

Desert

heat builds, winds blow, life dies, sand, rock, dryness, struggle for the existence of life.

Clouds form, winds blow, waters rise from far away places.

A storm builds, sky darkens, lightning flashes, thunder rolls.

Tiny drops of rain fall on dry barren land only to be voraciously devoured by a parched, desolate land.

Relentlessly the drops continue to fall, the ground can no longer absorb more rain.

A small trickle becomes a steady stream, a mighty flowing river unleashes life, formerly buried in dry barren land.

A desert blooms, seeds burst forth, plants grow, eggs hatch, life returns and flourishes.

What was once barren, void, dryness, is now a vibrant, fertile plain, thanks to the addition of life giving water.

 

Our nation is a spiritually dry place. There are millions of thirsty souls, desperately needing a drink of living water.  Jesus gave the answer for spiritual dryness in John 7:37-41.

Let’s go back in time a moment.  Let’s visit the Feast of Tabernacles.  This feast is important because the rains stop in March and don’t resume until 7 months later.  If God did not send the early rains in October, there wouldn’t be any fall crops and famine was close at hand.  The priest honored God at this feast in faith that God would send rain to their parched land.

Place yourself at this feast. You are surrounded by a joyful crowd, rejoicing and watching as the priest brings forth a golden vessel filled with water.  This water came from the stream of Siloah that flowed under the temple mountain.  The priest takes the golden vessel and pours the water on the altar.  The priest begins singing the words of Isaiah 12:3, “With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Trumpets sound in the background.  This was such a time of joy and celebration that it was said that, “Whoever had not witnessed this feast, had never seen rejoicing at all.”

Right at this time, Jesus stood up and cried,

“If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me as the scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

Man’s deepest craving is represented by thirst.  Jesus offers the fulfillment of that thirst by giving us living water from the wells of salvation.  In John 4:13-14, we meet the woman at the well.  She realizes the water that she desperately needs, no earthly well can give her to satisfy the depth of her thirst.  Jesus told her the same thing He is telling us today, “You need living water and once you experience this water, you’ll never be thirsty again.”

Now lets take a glimpse of what happened in Acts chapter 2.  The rain drops of the Spirit of God began to fall.  As the Holy Spirit was poured out in the form of a wind and fire, they all began to speak with tongues as the Spirit of God gave them utterance. This former rain was poured out from God, it flowed out to thirsty souls in the streets, it flowed through time and still satisfies the thirsty heart today.

May God use us as vessels in this thirsty generation in which we live.  May we be like the golden vessels in the priest’s hands that are being poured out on the altar.  May the living water of the Holy Ghost, flow from our lives to bless and help others. May the spiritually thirsty find the Jesus, the only one who can satisfy their thirst.  May rivers of living water flow from our “belly’s/souls” and out into the desert places in our communities.  Wherever the water flows it brings abundant life.  May God use us as rivers in dry places.

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