Thirsty – By Pastor Chris Horsley

This verse jumped out at me from Monday:

Psalm 42:2…My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Drinking and thirst are common pictures of man’s spiritual need and God’s supply. Here, the emphasis is on the desperation of the need.

We need water.  We need God.

And then yesterday, Pastor Andy wrote about passion in our relationship with God.

We get so caught up in chasing after that which is not ultimately pleasing…or brings only temporary pleasure.

We lose sight of serving God first and foremost.  Of passionately going after Him… of realizing that in Him and Him alone do I find what my soul is longing for.

That only God can satisfy our deepest longings, just like water can quench my thirst.

It’s amazing that most of us in our country can drink water whenever we please.  We have no need to be dehydrated. Just drink water when your thirsty.

When I lived in Arizona, I learned the hard way if you ignore these signs that your body is sending you, you can get yourself in trouble.

I had been playing basketball for a few hours. I was thirsty, but more people showed up, and I just kept playing.

And I paid the price.

I became sick, and was ill the rest of the night.

Why?

I ignored the symptoms.

Many of us allow this to happen spiritually.  We are thirsty, but searching for so called relief in other places.

The words of Jesus in John 4 to the Woman at the Well ring true

Look at the words of David in Psalm 63

Psalm 63:1-3–O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

People despair without the sense of life; David despaired without the sense of God’s great love.

God is God. He loves you.  Your soul thirsts for Him.

Steadfast love…lovingkindness. It IS better than life!

As Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4:14–

But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”,

The water He gives will keep you satisfied.

Do you feel thirsty? Dry? Like your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling?

You’re thirsty!  Drink again!

Following Christ is not just a one-time sip that satisfies, but a continual connection to Him.

If you “feel” dry, what are you doing that is robbing a growing, thriving relationship with God?

Are your passions misplaced?

Cling to Him consistently, persistently and your thirst will be quenched!!!

“What does a thirsty man do to get rid of his thirst? He drinks. Perhaps there is no better representation of faith in all the Word of God than that. To drink is to receive-to take in the refreshing draught-and that is all. A man’s face may be unwashed, but yet he can drink; he may be a very unworthy character, but yet a draught of water will remove his thirst. Drinking is such a remarkably easy thing, it is even more simple than eating.” Spurgeon

Keith Green – My Eyes Are Dry – YouTube

 

 

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