Traveling through a desert involves sandstorms. Caught in a storm, a man had to wrap his head, turn his back to the wind, and wait. Swirling sand filled his nostrils. He would be parched with an overbearing thirst.
Have you ever been that thirsty?
After a recent surgery I was instructed to drink plenty of fluids to speed my recovery. The next morning my lips dried together. No matter how much water I drank, my thirst was never satisfied. I got a taste of what thirst was all about.
A thirsty believer is spiritually dry and longs for God. Jesus said in John 7:37 “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” He knows our souls are thirsty. Living in our world can be like hiking through the desert. Without water we can’t survive.
Too many of us are hiking with an empty canteen. We try to fill it occasionally by going to church, or we try to satisfy our thirst with other things. But our spiritual canteens empty quickly.
Jesus invites us to come to Him daily to have our thirst truly satisfied. In my thirst experience, I wondered if I could say, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.” Psalm 42:1 HCSB.
Are you thirsty?
“But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again--ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” John 4: 14 HCSB