Isaiah 24:5a & 6
The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; … Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left.
I’m seated right now on a familiar bench overlooking Campbell Creek, but the scene before my eyes is a disturbing one. This once-vibrant, once-clear little brook, that served as my writing companion over many months of study, is now a half-dried-up, half-stagnant slough. Even the towering birches are bent over; even the oaks are sulking from the drought. So when I read Isaiah speak of a cursed earth and a defiled soil, I’m getting a pretty good picture. Yet the more I look at the bog, the more I see the broken cisterns filling up society; the more I look at the trees, the more I see souls slumped over from unrepented sins; the more I look at the foamy pollution on the water’s edge, the more I see the self-indulgent practices that have drained so many lives of purpose.
Christian, people all around us today are starving for a life-saving, life-sustaining drink from the Well of Living Water. So bring them the good news! We can’t let them go on like this.