I Am So Thirsty!
How many times during this heat wave have we said that? Merriam-Webster defines thirst at “a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat associated with a desire for liquids.” God has created our bodies to know that hydration is necessary to keep our bodies functioning well. We cannot live without water, and that is one reason that the bottled water industry is flourishing and growing. We give our bodies the “best” water we can afford, yet no matter how many times we quench our thirst, it always returns.
It is interesting to note that the second definition of thirst is “an ardent desire.” Ardent in this case can be defined as being “characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity.” Applying this understanding, we often use the phrase to describe a person as having a thirst for: power, money, love, knowledge, etc. How often is it said that a person has a thirst for God? Just as God has made our physical bodies to thirst for water — we are, after all, made up of 60% water — He has made our spirits to thirst for Him — we are, after all, made 100% to have a relationship with God! It is amazing how often we push aside our time with God and focusing on our spiritual needs to focus on our momentary physical needs. In the book Thirsting for God, the author Gary L. Thomas states, “We can read all the bookstores’ volumes on emotional wholeness, marital and family relationships, financial responsibility, and other pressing issues, and well we should, but every book worth reading recites one familiar refrain: The foundational issue is our relationship with God. If we center our life on Him, every other area will fall into place as well.” Wow, did you catch that?! “If we center our life on Him, every other area will fall into place as well.”
No wonder God creates a thirst for Him — a thirst that can only be quenched by seeking Him in His Word, spending time in prayer and communion with Him, and asking for the Holy Spirit to stir up our spirit. God must work in us before He can work through us. In reality, the struggle of the Christian life is maintaining the centrality of God in our day-to-day lives. Suddenly, I feel parched. So here is my question for you: Are you thirsting for God? He’s just waiting for you to drink, and drink, and drink!
by Cindy Bates, Director of Connections Ministries