Isaiah 43:19b-21 (ESV)
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise.
In our sin and rebellion against God, we wander in the wilderness like the Israelites did after God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Our sin separates us from God. It is a great chasm that cannot be bridged by any human effort.
In these verses from Isaiah, God promises that He Himself will provide the mechanism to reconcile us to Him. He provides us the living water, Jesus Christ, and He invites all of us who are thirsty and wandering to come into the fold of His Lordship.
Jesus knows the desperate condition of our hearts. He knows how thirsty we are for God and how we try to quench that thirst with just about anything – except God. His blood cleanses us from our sin and we are reconciled to God. Only He can satisfy that deep spiritual thirst that we all have. He cleanses us and purifies us, so that we are made holy and blameless.
Jesus calls to us, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:38). Jesus fills us with the Holy Spirit. There is no need to look any further or try to satisfy your thirst with anything else. Jesus is waiting for you. He is the answer. He always was.
Father God, our great provider, You have given us Your Son, the living water, that we may no longer be separated from You. Forgive us our sins and our rebellion, merciful Father, and fill us with Your Holy Spirit that we may declare Your praises to the end of the earth. Amen!