Come and Drink
You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.
—Isaiah 55:12-13 (NLT)
What is peace? And joy? You can't find them in the circumstances around you—no matter how hard you try to make things right. You just can't. Feeling good never lasts because circumstances change. This pandemic is not an everlasting sign of God’s love. Only one thing lasts forever—Christ giving His life for you on Calvary. God draws you in the pain of this chaos. He hurts for your heart just as He once suffered on the Cross for you. He gives you His promise of joy and peace and longs for you to thirst for His love.
Are you thirsty? Are you afraid? Christ says to come and drink of His everlasting water of joy and peace. “Come to me,” He whispers, “and you will find life.” Peace can't be found when all is perfect around you. Peace is found when nothing else makes sense but Him.
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:11 (NLT).
Just as rain and snow water the earth bringing forth new life and producing what is needed, so does God’s Word in you. Thirst is filled with His love. Hunger overflows with His promise. You rest in His love. The Word plants truth and yields grace. It changes the way you view life. Faith prospers as you put down roots in Him. You can rely on His Word to supply what you need. It accomplishes His purpose.
And His purpose is to love you.
“This is real Love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (1 John 4:10, NLT). God’s love is not dependent on how much you love Him. His unconditional love redeems you and forever flows from Calvary. It's free for the asking. Are you thirsty? Come and drink.
© 2020 Lynn Lacher