It looks just like fresh water,
but it never quenches your thirst.
Don’t be fooled.
Only our Lord, the spring of
living water (Jer 17:13), gives us the water of life,
the Holy Spirit that fills our thirsty hearts. Satan, in new forms and ways,
constantly blinds us from this truth—tricking us into believing that the world
and its pleasures can satisfy an empty heart. Money, alcohol, pornography,
premarital sex, computer games, lavish spending… “What are you waiting for?
Come on, it’s not going to kill you,” your friends say. How strange of you to
not join them (1 Pet 4:4).
Don’t be fooled.
Salt water does kill you! You
think it is quenching your emptiness, but it only makes you thirstier. You
think you are replenishing yourself, but it only makes your body more
dehydrated. What will happen if you don’t stop?
Sin may seem to offer temporary
satisfaction, but it can never quench our spiritual thirst. If we keep sinning
and following our evil ways, if we don’t change our ungodly habits, we will
surely die. With a repentant heart, turn away from worldly thoughts, and set
your mind on things above (Col 3:2).
“‘Behold, the days are coming,’
says the Lord God, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of
bread, nor a thirst for water, but of the hearing of the words of the Lord’” (Amos
8:11). Quench your spiritual thirst daily with the word of God, the Bible. Fill
your heart with the water of life, the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord to pour the
Spirit into your heart until it overflows.
Salt water is a water of death.
Why drink it when Jesus freely gives us the water of life?
“Let him who thirsts come. Whoever
desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev 22:17).
Questions for Reflection:
1) Is your heart overflowing with fresh water or
are you still drinking salt water?
2) What is the salt water in your life?