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Do you realize your thirst for God?
April 27, 2019 by SLIMJIM
Scripture describes our need for God as thirsting for water. For instance consider Psalm 63:1:
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Note this is David crying out to God and saying he shall seek God. In seeking God, David is driven by his soul thirsting for God.
Consider also Psalm 42:1-2:
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?
Again we see the theme of thirsting for God.
We need God. Yet many people, even Christians, often don’t feel they need God on a practical basis. Why is that?
I think with the water and thirst motif we can also consider the analogy a little further.
In a physical biological sense we need water to live and survive. Yet often we don’t drink as much water as we should. There’s an article that I found illuminating: Here is a quote from this article:
“There is also evidence that the types of foods we tend to eat today affect our thirst mechanism, making it less reliable as a cue to drink. A 2009 study by Australian scientists reported that subjects who included more high-fat and high-sugar foods in their diet exhibited weaker thirst sensitivity than did those who ate fewer of these foods.”
Apparently from this article the point made is that what we eat as our diet will affect the reliability of our body recognizing its need to drink water. The more high fat and the more high sugar intake the less sensitive is one’s body to alert the individual his or her need for water by experiencing thirst.
Yet in so many ways in the spiritual level, that is what’s going on as well.
We consume so much junk food, spiritually speaking, things that distract us from a healthy relationship with God that often is a substitute for quick appeal to the appetite with no deeper consideration of its impact on our being. That in turn desensitize our ability to be aware of our thirst for God.
If you notice you don’t desire to seek God, you might ask the question prayerfully to God whether your consumption of what you read and watch has become spiritual junk food that has dulled your healthy thirst for God. Pray not just to find out, but also pray to God for Him to change your heart to thirst for Him! Then feast on God’s Word and taste the goodness of the Lord! Keep on going deeper into God’s Word until you find it sweet to you; keep on meditating and digging into Scripture until its like honey, where it is sweet and has healing property in your life.
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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