"Slake Your Thirst"

The Old Testament poets had far less knowledge about the person & promises of God than we who have the entire Bible do now do, yet they seem to have had a much better understanding of what it looked like to thirst after the person & manifest presence of God than we do. That implacable thirst is absolutely necessary for true discipleship to occur. This thirst can often be dulled within us by worries, anxieties and the concerns of this life. The previous sad reality is regularly compounded by our consistent chasing after things other than the loving arms of our Father God.

In the Gospels we see Jesus teaching his original disciples that the hunger & thirst for true righteousness can only be satiated in him. This longing for the blessed, abundant life that we pine for our entire lives leads everyone of us to the place where we come face to face that we are created for more than the material things we see and strive for. This gift of thirst leads us into ever deeper relationship with King Jesus, and ultimately when we drink deeply, becomes a spring that overflows from us into the lives of others around us.

What do you want more than anything else on this world? This questions calls every one of us to make a decision: follow hard after God or chase after everything else. One path leads to incredible, beautiful intimacy with God, the other leads to an ever disappointing descent into idolatry and hopelessness. For the Samaritan woman whom Jesus had compassion on, there was no question as to what she would choose. The future hope that she desired was standing right in front of her, asking her to provide literal water for him while he offered the greatest gift imaginable to her; forgiveness, freedom and friendship with God. And on the cross, as his sacrifice on the behalf of everyone who would trust in him drew to its predetermined conclusion, Jesus speaks. He has only the strength to rasp "I thirst" then he commits his soul to the Father so that we might find forgiveness and never have to thirst for Father's affection, forgiveness, and presence again. 
Life is beautiful and you were intended for more. Reach out to Savior, he longs for you!

1As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
9 I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my savior and my God.

(Psalm 42:1-3,9-11) ESV

7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water."
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

(John 4:7-11,13-14)

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