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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat.”—Revelation 7:16 (NKJV)
When I was a high school wrestler, I recall purposefully depriving myself of food and water so I’d make weight. On several occasions, I ended up dehydrated—but I made it into my particular weight division. As soon as weigh-ins were done, I’d stuff my face with food and rehydrate my body with plenty of fluids, which was very revitalizing to say the least!
Silly, right? Deliberately dehydrating oneself doesn’t seem to be a wise decision in any set of circumstances. Yet we do it all the time. What? How? Every time we make a decision that is in opposition to the will of God, we relive what happened in Genesis chapter 3.
Allow me to illustrate it this way: Every time sweat drips off our brow, we begin the slow process of dehydration. At the same time, we’re also reminded of our fallen condition. You see, sweating is actually a bi-product of our punishment from God as told in Genesis. Adam and Eve made a fatal decision that was not in alignment with the will of God. Sweating is a result of our deteriorating condition as a fallen creation. Adam and Eve were not created in a deteriorating or fallen condition though! This happened as a result of disobedience. “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground” (Genesis 3:19 NKJV).
But the story doesn’t end there. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to remedy our dehydrated condition. In John 7:37-38 (NKJV), Christ declared, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
As a result of Christ and what He accomplished on the cross, we no longer have to endure the tribulation of our fallen condition! In Revelation 7:9-17, the same John who penned John 7:37-38 is inspired to declare that those who came out of the “great tribulation” will hunger and thirst no more.
This is the beauty of the gospel! We no longer have to toil or grapple with tribulation as a result of our disobedience. Christ provides what we cannot provide for ourselves. All we have to do is take rest in Him and embrace His eternal sustenance.
DIG: Read Revelation 7:9-17 and Genesis 3.
DISCOVER: Are certain acts of disobedience toward God slowly dehydrating you?
DISPLAY: Rest in the promise of the gospel. Demonstrate a greater level of obedience to Christ and His Word. Take confidence in Christ as the means for provision and no other sources. Be nourished and replenished by the Savior!