Quenching our thirst
But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is what the Lord says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams. Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and will take the name Israel. Isaiah 44:1-5 NIV
From the text, God is providing reassurance that by His grace, He will restore. This is what He promises His people to remove their insecurities in the midst of uncertainties. He wants to assure them that His grace is made available to those who will long for Him. When we turn to Him from a life of rebellion, He will hear us. He will pour Himself in us when we come to Him. “I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground” (v. 3). We have to realize our need of Him so He could fill us. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37). He pours out Himself through the presence of the Holy Spirit living in us once we surrender our lives to Him. He does this to strengthen us so we can face the challenges of life. It is by identifying with God that we come alive even in times of trials. God will keep His promises for in them He is glorified. There will be times that the tide of His grace seemed to be receding. It can happen when we stop longing for His refreshing grace and we feel that we have what will satisfy our thirst. Only when we come to Him regularly in prayer and in His word that He will fill us. There will always be new supply and new surge of His power working in us dependent upon our desire to be filled by His Spirit. Once you have tasted the goodness of God, stop searching from other places; “those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come” (Hebrews 6:4-5 NLT).