Hell is a real place. Jesus described it thoroughly while on earth. One cult leader said, “The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil…in place of material flames and odor, mental anguish is generally accepted as the penalty for sin.” This is not the description Christ gave in the most compelling illustration recorded for us in Scripture. The rich man “lift up his eyes, being in torments” (Luke 16:23). What was his torment? Mental anguish was assuredly part of it, but he requested, “send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:24). He asks for a drop of water in Hell when God was willing to give him living water in life.
Isaiah speaks of the hope Israel has in God. The gods of this earth can never satisfy or provide. While God is ready to satisfy, our human nature is to put God on hold while we experiment with other joys in life. The only problem is a sinner can leave God on hold too long. God is poised to “pour water upon him that is thirsty” (Isaiah 44:3). the rich man put God on hold while he fared sumptuously. He found his satisfaction outside of God. The blessings of God refused became the blessings of God restricted once his eternal choice was confirmed. One of the torments of Hell is the elusiveness of complete satisfaction which can only be found in God. As you share the gospel this weekend, ask God to help others realize their thirst. God is ready to pour water upon the thirsty. Refuse God and they will receive nary a drop in Hell. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you receive the living water with such abundance you will never thirst again. it springs within your life as everlasting life.
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, So panteth my soul after thee, O God. (Psalm 42:1)
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)