If you’ve ever been really thirsty – I mean really, really thirsty – then you will be much more able to connect with the meaning of thirst in a spiritual sense. We all experience the kind of thirst that comes after a long walk or working in the yard on a hot summer day; the kind of thirst where a drink of water sounds good. But there is a physical thirst that can be excruciating and dangerous, even leading to death. In those situations, water is the only thing that can be thought of, the only and greatest desire of our being.
Thirst is one of the most powerful spiritual symbols in all of Scripture. As dehydration draws the whole of our being to a longing for water, so a spiritual thirst will draw our spirits into a search for deeper meaning or greater contentment. David, in the Psalms, expressed this way:
“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my souls longs for you, Oh God!
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!”
“I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”
We must capture that type of spiritual thirst! We must thirst and long for God and for spiritual living. This Sunday morning, we will try to gain some insight and direction into spiritual thirst and spiritual living by examining Jesus’ statement in John 7:37&38:
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink…and out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Notice in these verses, that only those who thirst are addressed. Problem is, too many of us just are not thirsty for God, so we’ll also look at how to gain a spiritual thirst. In the meantime, let me encourage you to consider a couple of questions:
- What should the “rivers of living water” look like in someone’s life?
- In what ways have you relied on yourself, or on the world, to quench the thirst that is only quenched in relationship with Jesus?
Can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday (at 10:00!!!). Love you church.
“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”
Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others