On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39
It was the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Every day of the Feast the priests would bring water to the temple from the pool of Siloam in a golden pitcher. The people would erupt in shouting and song when they poured out this water on the altar celebrating how God had brought water from the rock in the middle of the wilderness for their ancestors (Ex. 17). In this moment Jesus proclaimed that which was past tense in the wilderness was present tense in Him and future tense at the birth of the church when the Holy Spirit would be poured out like rivers of living water (Acts 2)! He didn’t whisper it. He simply mention it. He say it in a conversational tone. No, Jesus shouted! It had to be loud for everyone to hear Him over all the other shouts. He wasn’t just spouting theology. Jesus wasn’t trying to sound spiritual. He was inviting everyone from then to now to never thirst again (Jn. 4)! He was saying that the same God who brought water from the rock was standing right there with them in their midst! He was looking at the longing of the crowds to see God move now the way did for their for ancestors. Instead of running to Jesus to drink deeply of this Living Water they argued interpretation of Scripture. There were no lines waiting at Jesus’ feet because they had succumbed to the religious pressure of the Pharisees. The Feast ended and they all went home and missing the answer to their seemingly unquenchable thirst for a fresh move of God.
So, how long was the line you waited in today? Costco, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Home Depot, Loews and any other store with supplies for the storm were completely ransacked today. All of this is in preparation for the one-two punch of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio promising to bring big rain, wind and waves to all parts of the Big Island over the next few days. This morning the authorities were encouraging island residents to not wait until the last minute and to have enough supplies on hand to survive for 10 days. The most important of supplies? The shelves and pallets emptied first? Water of course! I sense the same urgency in Jesus’ words as those in authority here on the island. The only way to be ready for the storm is to plan ahead and be prepared! From the looks of the store shelves today it looks like people were paying attention. Where’s the same urgency when it comes to knowing Jesus the only one who can truly quench our spiritual thirst? Every day I work at Starbucks the line for the drive-thru goes out to the street. Most of the customers are there every single day for their gourmet hand-crafted caffeinated beverage of choice and paying through the nose for it! Why do they come back every day? Well, it’s really good stuff. Also, once that last drop is sucked up, what’s left? Thirst! Yet, here’s Jesus shouting in the middle of the crowd, “I’ve got Rivers of Living Water for you! It’s free of charge and you will never thirst again! You don’t even have to wait in line for it! I’m coming to you! My shelves will never be emptied. My supply will never run dry.” What’s the best way to prep for the storms on the horizon? Supplies from Costco are good. An ample supply of coffee is a must. Today, the immovable Rock from which the Living Water of the Holy Spirit flows is offering us, each of us, preparation for the soul. Even if everything we own is blown away in these storms we will have everything we need. For He is “I Am” and He is all I need!
Lord, I pray that we would feel the same urgency to come to You for the Living Water as we did we did for coming to Costco for bottles of water. You are satisfaction for our souls and protection for our lives. I pray for Your covering over this island and its people and that these two storm would take no lives and would lose their power before they hit land. Ultimately I put my confidence in You for my past, present and future. It’s in times like these that I realize what really matters and what really doesn’t. Everything this world offers can swept away in a heart beat. Everything You offer me is eternal! That’s worth standing in line for!