WATER SCARCITY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
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(absolute water scarcity)
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Water, it's an amazing thing. It makes up about 70% of our planet and about the same percentage in our bodies. It's needed for life, it cools us down, it cleans us, it prepares food and takes away waste, it causes seeds to become plants and sand to become soil. It exists in solid, liquid and gas form, it causes incalculable damage by flood and saves lives every hour, quenching fire. Even politically, water is of absolute strategic importance. Consider this table that shows how critical it is.
WATER SCARCITY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
These countries face "absolute water scarcity." They will not be able to meet water needs in the year 2025.
These countries face "economic water scarcity." They must more than double their efforts to extract water to meet 2025 water needs, but they will not have the financial resources available to develop these water supplies
Category 3 Albania
These countries have to increase water development between 25 and 100 percent to meet 2025 needs, but have more financial resources to do so.
Category 4 Argentina
Water, it's a miracle which God has created and which He has ordained to be part of His creation. It should be no surprise to us then that God also uses water as a spiritual symbol, as means of portraying equally vital yet unseen spiritual needs. ?Living water? Jesus called it, if you?ll receive it you?ll never thirst for life again. In the grip of His grace God has drawn us from a place of spiritual drought and death to a place of being made alive in Him. This is the reminder in the capstone verses of Joshua 24:14-18.
I. The Grip of His Grace Reaches Beyond the River and Even
If you?ll read through Joshua 24 you?ll hear him speak in the first person as though God were speaking from verse 2-13. It is a brief recounting of the way God gripped
Water was also had a central role in the deliverance of the nation from
From the deliverance out of Egypt to the ongoing steps of maturity in crossing the Jordan river, the grip of God's grace never lets go as He invites us to grow in an understanding of Who He is.
Grace, faith, grace, obedience, grace, that's the pattern of Joshua 24. It's laid out before the people and it forms the basis of a contract that Joshua presents to the people.
II. Be Careful To Drink From The Good Well.
God's grace is extraordinary as He moves tremendous obstacles out of our path but what is also true is that we need to move in response to His grace.
This is what Joshua was calling the people to see. Was it reverse psychology that Joshua used in verses 19-23 or was it a straight up warning? Either way the caution is that if you try to drink from two cups at the same time you?ll definitely get wet and you?ll still be thirsty. You cannot say ?I will serve the Lord for He is my God? and yet still thirst after foreign gods like lust, greed, jealousy or bitterness. If you know that you are living your life on both sides of the fence how do you stop that and get things right with God? Consider the advice that Joshua holds out here:
1. You owe it to yourself and to God to get honest with yourself. You owe it to yourself because you will be judged before a holy and just God according to your actions today. You owe your very life to God as the One Who loves you and seeks the highest purposes for your life. Choose now, get honest with yourself now. Whom will you serve?
2. Having chosen, get rid of the garbage that is in your midst. Perhaps you've grown so familiar with the foreign gods that you hardly recognize their influence. You really feel that it is you that controls them, but in fact they are inside your thinking. Beware of that thing that so entices you because it makes you feel more alive as a result of it. Generally speaking, it is taking over the function that God alone would reserve for Himself in your life.
3. Incline your heart to the Lord. In Joshua's day it meant to remember that God both delivers according to covenant and yet demands holiness and obedience lest His wrath be upon them. To incline their heart towards God was to fear the Lord as One who delivers them yet will also punish sin should they neglect Him. Today we know that we are united by faith to Christ and no longer serve the Law as a basis for justification. Christ having paid the demand of the Law for us sets us free from condemnation to serve Him. Incline you heart to this grace.
4. Know that there is an eternal Witness to what you do. In verse 27, Joshua sets up a stone saying that it shall be like a guard, lest they ever deny their God. We have an eternal Witness in Christ, but He does not stand ready to accuse us of future failures, Christ ever lives to make intercession for us. When you commit before God to do away with that which is sin, Jesus, the Spirit of Jesus and even the body of Jesus Christ, the church, stands as a Witness with you.
And so the conclusion of the book of Joshua is that God's grip of grace upon us all brings us right to the edge of the well and bids us drink and in drinking the water of life... ever give thanks as you serve Him, from here on.
Rev. Spence Laycock pastors at Church of the Open Bible, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada.