DayBreaks for 6/03/16 – The Demise of the Ancient Mariner
From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
A theologian by the name of John S. Dunne tells a story about a group of ancient Spanish sailors who came to South America for the first time. The trip had been extremely difficult. The arrived off the coast of South America and came across the entry to the Amazon River, the largest freshwater passageway in the entire world. In fact, the entry into the mouth of the river was so large that they thought that they were still sailing in the ocean. They had been traveling so long that they had run out of fresh water, but never expecting that they were sailing on fresh water instead of the salt water of the ocean, it never occurred to them to try to drink the water. The result was predictable: some of the sailors died of thirst while floating upon the largest source of freshwater in the world.
In his book, Finding God in Unexpected Places, Phillip Yancey noted that this was a fitting analogy for what is happening in our day and age. We live in a time where information is easily accessible, where interest in spiritual things (if not Christianity) is high. And yet, as Yancey put it: “Some people starve to death spiritually while all around them manna rots…”
While we may be quick to think that the Spanish sailors were very misguided for not trying the water, aren’t we a lot like them in many, many ways? Even Christians seem to be starving for that which will sustain life and give it purpose and meaning, and all the while we are surrounded by Bibles – the Bread of Life. Yet we are thirsty, looking and searching for a drink that will satisfy, and we have God’s Word everywhere. In life, there are not silver bullets…at least, in the physical realm. But there is a silver bullet in spiritual life – and God gave it to us in the Word. Will we drink until we are satisfied?
John 7:37-39 (NLT) – On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within. (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we are so thirsty and yet we seem to turn to everyone except You. Help us, Jesus, to see and recognize the provision you’ve made for us to have all things that pertain to life and godliness, help us not only to drink deeply of the well of life ourselves, but to help others find it, too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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