by John Michalak
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and streams on the dry ground. I will pour my Spirit on your seed, and my blessing on your offspring: and they will spring up among the grass,as willows by the watercourses.
If you ever watch any old Billy Graham crusades, you’ll discover something startling. Even back in the 1950s, an era we now consider to be conservative and pure, Graham was declaring how corrupt his culture was and in danger of God’s judgment.
But another thing you’d see in those crusades was, that no matter the level of sin and opposition to the Gospel, no matter how dire things seemed, one thing never changed—that there was always a hunger and thirst for God’s Good News. Despite the corruption Graham saw, his stadiums were constantly filled with people desiring to hear words of hope.
Still thousands of years before, Isaiah was speaking in a similar context. He spoke to a corrupt people who would be exiled from their God—but he prophesied of a day when the dry ground of spiritual emptiness would be watered, when those who were dying from thirst would be satisfied.
So, perhaps it’s comforting to know that some things never change. We live in a culture that is sinful and corrupt. But, we also live in hope, that through Jesus Christ, God is even now restoring us to return to Him, that His Spirit can quench our thirsty souls.