Saturday, November 19, 2016

Spiritual Thirst

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Physical thirst is caused by our pituitary gland when it secretes two hormones - one signaling our kidneys and one to our hypothalamus to alert our salivary glands.

When we desire God as much as we crave water when we are physically thirsty, and we seek Him as much as we seek a drink of water, we shall find Him (Psalm 42:1-2, 143:6).

When Jesus came, He offered us a drink of His living water so that we would thirst no more (John 4:14, 7:37). From the wells of salvation, we can access this living water at any time (Isaiah 12:3).

Humanity goes to broken cisterns to find relief for their spiritual thirst: drugs, alcohol, food, sex and other addictions. These sources provide momentary relief, but have negative consequences and lethal side effects.

God provided a way through Christ for whosoever wills to come to Jesus in order to have their spiritual thirst satiated for eternity. Most people do not realize they are thirsty until they have desensitized their need with the things of this world.

God gives us a clear picture of our soul's thirst by comparing it to a deer that longs for water from the brook (Psalm 42:1-2). Biblical characters exemplify our need to quench our soul's thirst in this weary world in which we live (Psalm 63:1, 143:6).

Our intimacy with God matures as we learn to find our repose in Him, and He supplies our every need through His glorious riches (Ephesians 3:16-19). We hunger and thirst for more of Him, and He fills us to overflowing (Matthew 5:6; Luke 6:38).

Father God, we want to enjoy Your presence in our spirit and soul on a continual basis. You give us health for our body and soul as we drink our fill from the wells of Your salvation (Isaiah 12:3). Draw us to Your presence and fill us with Your Spirit in ever-increasing heights of spirituality and satisfaction in our soul (Psalm 23:4).

Through the examples of the Saints of old, You taught us of the futility of attempting to find solace for our spiritual thirst by seeking fulfillment from things of this world (Ecclesiastes 2:1-12, 12:13). Remind us that there are no works of righteousness, which we can do to satiate our thirst, other than simply coming to Christ for salvation and walking in Your preordained will for our life (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Thought for the Day:
Satiating our thirst will never occur if we simply observe the water and do not drink; we must come to Christ for salvation in order to enjoy the benefits inherent in this decision to partake of His living water.

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