30th August 2020

Come Drink 

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth…so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it…Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 55:10-11, 13 (ESV) 

I remember as a teenager working in the apple orchard with my grandfather, when he would ask for the water jug so he could have a long drink of ‘Adam’s ale’. And just as water refreshes physically, when we are in a spiritual workout, nothing satisfies more than God’s word.

Much of Israel, where the words (see above) were written, is arid. Precipitation means the difference between not just a bad and good harvest, but sometimes between life and death. In these words from Isaiah, God talks about his Word, his creative presence engaging with the world. The metaphor he uses, over and over, is water, rain and snow—refreshing and life-giving and signs of God’s presence.

Look at verse 13 again: “Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle”. It’s the reverse to what we find in Genesis, at the Garden of Eden. There the curse when Adam and Eve were thrown out was that thorns and thistles would come up from the earth. Here, the reverse—the promise of blessing and abundance.

In out time, especially in the West, our water needs are more than met daily. But we still have to deal with aridity and thorns and thistles within our hearts. We find ourselves in a soul-desert. We need, desperately, for the sweet rain and renewal of God to fall on us. Fellowship, worship and serving the broken are the nourishing, replenishing places where we need to meet God.

Holy Father, we tire of the appetites of this world which harvest only thorns and thistles, ending in deadness, the result of lust. We ask for you to nourish us with your flowing refreshing water. And this we ask in Jesus’ name.

Presented by Greg Williams


About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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