A Word For the Week
Have you ever been really thirsty? Many of us have trouble identifying with that need because water is readily available almost anywhere, for now. I recall however some times during the physical exertion of work or sport that I would have given quite a lot for a drink of cool water.
Being thirsty is our bodies way of telling us it needs to be re-hydrated. That is important because our bodies as adults consist of somewhere between 50 and 60 % water. That said, water is vital for every function of this very complex creation of God.
When dehydration occurs, the body is more prone to injury and can become dysfunctional.
Jesus said in John 7:37-38--"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water."
When the supply of living water is disrupted by sin, our souls become very dry and thirsty. It is God's way of reminding us that we need His supply everyday. Through our thirst He reinforces for us that we must be refreshed by His abundant supply often in a given day. One drink a week will not do it. Two BIG drinks a year simply will not do it! Praise the Lord that his supply can never be exhausted! However, His supply can be refused as we decide to leave the path and go out into 'the desert' in pursuit of our own desire.
Dr. Eric Thomas, pastor of FBC, Norfolk VA observes and shares--"so long as anyone practices sin, their soul is out of sync with God. And as a result, that individual migrates to any moisture that can be found, like animals in the Serengeti, looking for a miniscule mudhole in which to quench our spiritual thirst. Tormented by our need, we find ourselves dying of thirst."
God described this practice concerning his people in the Old Testament through the prophet Jeremiah. "For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns--broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
Such is the pattern of God's people still today who decide to go off on their own and do their own thing with their own time and their own money with their own friends or family.
The time will come when the soul gets spiritually dehydrated and become very thirsty. That is God's signal to you and me that we need to quit looking for a mudhole to satisfy our thirst and return to be refreshed from the free flowing fountain of God's abundant grace and mercy. As we are re-hydrated spiritually- you and I then have the opportunity to share that life giving water with others who are walking through dry times in their lives, as well.
So as your thirst is quenched spiritually out of God's supply--be consistent in pointing others to the fountain that flows like a river through the soul of those who realize their life depends on His supply, not their own.
May the Lord bless you and refresh you today for the opportunity to help others in your circle of influence to not settle for drinking from a mudhole!
1 Corinthians 15:58