What We All Want
What if I told you that I know exactly what you want? Perhaps, you’re thinking: How could I possibly know such a thing? I know because it’s the same thing we all want. You want happiness, joy, fulfillment, peace and satisfaction. You want to feel as if everything is going to be okay. You want security and the hope of a positive future.
You want what Israel wanted when they were traveling through the desert from Egypt to Canaan (Exodus 17:1-7). In this particular event, God’s people were thirsty. They needed water and they were ready to call for Moses’ head if they didn’t get it. So, Israel’s noble leader called upon the Lord. Moses was told to “strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink” (Exodus 17:6). Moses did as the Lord commanded. From the rock flowed enough water for every man and beast.
You might be wondering how that addresses my initial assertion. Well, in itself, perhaps it doesn’t. But, in 1 Corinthians 10:3, Paul tells us this: “the Rock was Christ.” The apostle spiritualizes Exodus 17:1-7 (as only he can do). He shows us that something far greater than history is meant to be learned.
A Spiritual Thirst
Israel’s physical thirst pointed to a greater reality, their spiritual thirst. Not only were their tongues dry, their souls were dry as well. You see, they, like all of us, desired fulfillment. They wanted joy, satisfaction and security, but they looked for it in all the wrong places.
That tends to be all of our problems. We all want the same thing because that’s how were made. But, we look for fulfillment in the things of the world rather than in Christ. We look for satisfaction in sex, drugs, food, money, our health, our work, our friends, our lovers…the list goes on, ad infinitum. Point being, we look for what only God can provide in the things of the world. When we do that, we’ll always come up empty and thirsty.
Back to Exodus 17. In order for the people to receive the water, Moses had to strike the rock. Unless it was struck, water could not come. In the same, unless Christ was struck with the torments of the cross we could not receive the waters of His grace. When our Savior hung upon that tree, He was struck with the full force of God’s rod of fury. The lawgiver poured out all the curses of divine judgment and our Savior died. Yet, it was this act of sacrifice that enabled Jesus to say, “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 7:37-38).
Available in Christ
Satisfaction, peace, joy, fulfillment, happiness, security, and all the blessings of God are available in Christ. He is our spiritual food and drink. He alone can fill the void that is our hearts…the void we so often try to fill worldly things. But, trying to fill our hearts with things of the world is like trying to pour water into a strainer. It doesn’t work. But, when we come to Christ, He is like Niagara Falls and our hearts are like little Dixie cups. He is more than enough to meet our needs.
Friends, do hear the Savior saying, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy…come to me…that your soul may live” (Isaiah 55:1-3).
This post was written by EBG Contributing Writer Brandon Sutton. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Blue Ridge Christian Union Church in Shelbyville, Indiana and as the Director of Grace House Ministries, a Christ-centered men’s recovery home. He is the grateful husband of Sherrie and the proud father of Emma.