Yes or No? (Thought for August 2018)

July 31, 2018

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One of my first bosses when I worked for British Rail (heard of it?) at Deepdene House in Dorking, I remember for the characteristic way he would seem to often answer a question you might ask – It was “Well, yes and no”. Very helpful!
I thought of him when I wanted to write -’Isn’t it lovely to have a really good, warm, sunny summer for our holidays this year?’ But I had to answer “Well, yes and no”!
My usual silly bit of doggerel I like to repeat, hasn’t exactly been true this summer – the rain, it hasn’t rained upon either the just or the unjust feller, so the unjust hasn’t needed to steal the just’s umbrella – except possibly as a sunshade!
But seriously, the ground everywhere around is so parched, isn’t it? The green grass has generally become biscuity yellow and dried up. Where we stayed last week in Somerset, the farmer had a 19 strong herd of alpacas that had to be carefully moved around the fields in order to conserve grazing that remained. As I write this, we’ve had a couple of rolls of thunder and just a few spots of H2O. Will there be more by the time you read this, I wonder?
The Lord, in Isaiah 41: 17 says: The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.

Water is becoming scarce, people are becoming parched with thirst—certainly in some parts of the world. But isn’t that a picture of the world’s spiritual condition? People around us – per-haps even you reading this now – have drunk of the world’s thirst quenchers, whatever they may be – and they haven’t, and never will, satisfy.

Thus they have become spiritually parched and are dying of thirst – thirst for the water of Life that they don’t realise is available for them in Christ. Now, trying to explain that to folk can be frustrating, because people have mentally written God out of their lives. For so many, they can’t imagine any reason why they should need God; they can get their satisfaction their way.
But they are, as Isaiah says, ‘the poor and needy’, people whose soul thirst can never be quenched out-side of Christ.
If we have found that life giving water to satisfy our hearts, then we have a tremendous privilege and opportunity to point others to that living water. The Holy Spirit is the One who will reveal it to those who seek him.
In the second half of that verse above, God says: But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.

What an amazing promise from our loving God. What a picture of what he can do in the driest, cracked, dying heart to bring life. Could that be you?
But you have to ask. You know, God never gives an uncertain answer to our questions. The apostle Paul spoke about this in 2 Corinthians ch 1: But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us . . . was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No’, but in him it has always been ‘Yes’. For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.
i.e. ours to believe and receive.

Steve Piggott


August 2018

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