Have you ever been really thirsty? July 4th 2002, I went to play golf in Augusta, GA. This day I decided to walk and carry my golf clubs rather than ride in a golf cart. Playing the first two holes in the afternoon, the temperature rose to just above 100ºF. Quickly parched, I needed something to drink. The typically water cooler at every other tee box wasn’t the case this day. After walking and playing another four more holes, I began to feel a bit desperate. The thought came to me, what it was like to truly die of thirst.
Finally, between the seven green and eighth tee box, there it was. In the shade just under a tree, I beheld the most beautiful sight—a water cooler! Thank you Father! I grabbed one of the tiny paper cups and filled it again and again. I felt my body had been deprived and now required lots of liquid to reverse the effects of the heat.
The psalmist compared physical thirst with spiritual thirst: “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God” Ps. 42:1. His thirst was that of a desperate longing for God—the one and only living God .
Do you long for something this world can’t provide? This dissatisfaction is a thirst of the soul for God. Run to the One who alone can quench that thirst. “He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness” (Ps. 107:9).
Only Jesus, the Living Water, can satisfy the thirsty soul. Share a time when you were thirsty and sought God the Father.
See you next Sunday.