Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Walking with God

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

From the very beginning, God’s intention had been that the relationship between Himself and human beings would be eternal: Adam and Eve were to experience eternal life with God.

But unfortunately their rebellion put an end to this intended course,

‘And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."’ (Genesis 3:22)

Although Adam didn’t die immediately, his death was now inevitable,

‘Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died’. (Genesis 5:5)

In fact, the constant refrain in Genesis chapter 5 is, “and then he died.” So-and-so lived so many years, and then he died... and then he died... and then he died...

But it’s not only in this chapter that death rears its ugly head. Chapter 4 records the first murder, and chapters 6-8 record the Flood, in which the human race dies, save only Noah and his family.

Whether by murder, divine judgment or by old age, the result is always the same: “and then he died.”

Death is taking hold of the human race. Because of The Fall, death is uncompromising.

It seems the old maxim; “Life is tough, and then you die” is true.

Yet within the midst of all this death Genesis 5 includes one bright exception,

‘Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away’. (Genesis 5:24)

It is almost as if God is showing that while death is the result of our sin it doesn’t have to be that way.

Those who walk with God can escape death, for even though we die, there is hope, in God’s grace, of life beyond our inevitable death.

But it is tied to a walk with God.

No explanations are given as to this walk with God in the fifth chapter of Genesis; in fact, it will take the rest of the Bible to unpack what that means.

Here are just two Scriptures to ponder upon:

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. (John 3:16)
‘Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:51–57)

Our eternal life is dependant on trusting in Jesus, who gives us the victory over death,

‘Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain’. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Our walk with Jesus is not in vain since our final destination is eternity with Him.

Have a good week walking with the Lord,

Pastor Barry

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