What You’re Really Thirsty For

Isaiah 55 describes the spiritual thirst that characterizes every person, and points us to what we are really looking for:

:1 “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters …”  In this verse, God is calling out to all who are thirsty, and “looking for something”.

Although we all have a “thirst” for something, most people try to satisfy that thirst in the wrong way.  God says in :2, “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?”
People expend much time, effort, and money, trying to satisfy the “hunger and thirst” of their heart on things that really don’t really satisfy them.

What is the answer?  The Lord says in :3, “Incline your ear and come to ME.” God says that HE is the One we are looking for.  HE is the One who will satisfy us. We were made to know Him, and be satisfied in His presence.  Psalm 16:11 says, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

The amazing thing is that this satisfaction comes to us as a GIFT: Verse 1 indicates that it comes “without money and without cost” if we will just listen to God, and come to Him (:3).  The New Testament confirms this: although “the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  If we will admit that we have been looking for our soul’s satisfaction in the wrong places, and turn back to God through Jesus Christ, we will not only find His forgiveness, but also begin to taste here on earth what we will feast on forever in heaven: the satisfaction in God’s presence and joy that our souls are really looking for.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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