Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.
If you live in South Arkansas and are reading this on the date it goes public (June 25th, 2014), do me a quick favor.
At about 1:15 PM, go outside. Run around your house or your place of employment 15 times without stopping. Go back inside. When the heavy breathing ceases, fix and drink a large glass or big bottle of cold ice water.
Or, if running around the house isn’t your thing – after lunch today, mow your grass. . . with a push mower. Then go inside and drink a big container of ice water.
It’s awesome, isn’t it?
Unless. . .
Unless I am thirsty and hot and sweaty. THEN I want some water. Some nice, cold water.
What cold water does to your thirsty self is what good news does when someone has come a long way to give it.
It’s one thing when your neighbor calls to remind you that Sonic has milkshakes at half price. That’s good news, to be sure.
But it’s another thing to get some life changing news from someone who came from another time zone.
Think about this Proverb. Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a thirsty soul. Think about what your soul did when the Gospel finally made sense to you. When Jesus went from being pointless or boring or a punk or your “Homeboy” to being the all-glorious, all-satisfying King and God and Savior that He is. Think about that.
He came from a far country to give it to you.
A far, far country.
He was in the form of God, yet He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. He made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
He came from heaven to earth, to show the way.
In other words, He came from a land far, far away to give water to your thirsty soul. As a matter of fact, the water He gives will make you never again want any other kind of water.
It is wise to go to a far country to give Good News.
Jesus did it for your soul. Someone came to you to give you that living water.
Could it be that the thirsty souls who have no access to the Good News are waiting for someone (maybe you?) from a far country to give it to them.
There’s probably a Coke machine there.
But what they need – oh how they need it – is water.