I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25
God here is giving the prophet Jeremiah not just a promise for the people of Judah, who are about to taken off into captivity, but God is also giving this promise to all those who will put their faith and trust in him. God is in fact repeating the same promise that he gave us through the prophet Isaiah, in which God says this, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful loved promised to David. (Isaiah 55:1-3)
God’s promise in these two separate passages is that salvation is readily available to all those who have a genuine spiritual hunger and thirst for a right relationship with God. But even more important then that is that a genuine spiritual hunger and thirst for a right relationship with God is the most essential prerequisite for salvation. The spiritual salvation that I am talking about is based on the sacrificial death of the Servant Messiah, see Isaiah 53, who is Jesus. In order to fully receive this spiritual salvation we must repent of our sins and approach God in faith, trusting him to take control of our lives. And as we live for him, a continued hunger and thirst for God’s purposes and power are necessary for receiving the fullness of his Spirit.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Numbers 4-5, Mark 12:18-37, Psalm 48:1-14 and Proverbs 10:26