Grace For The Journey
The Bible says in Psalms 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”
Can you picture a deer literally panting with thirst on a blistering August afternoon? That is a picture of how we should desire God. Does your soul ache like that for God? Do you thirst so greatly to be in His presence that nothing else matters . . . Or . . . maybe not so much?
What does a thirst for God look like? The best way to glorify the worth of a stream of water is to drink of its cool, clear refreshment . . . and to keep coming back for more! The same is true for our God, who is our only source of living water. Whether we acknowledge it or not, our soul does thirst for the living God. The Bible says that the Sovereign Lord “has set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11); someone has rightly said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
We feel that thirst within . . . but all too often we work hard at trying to quench our thirst in countless ways other than coming to the Lord who gives living water. We look for fulfillment in:
- Our work
- Our appearance
- Our finances
- Our relationships
- Physical intimacy
- The applause of man
Yet we all know from personal experience that none of these “false fountains” can deliver on their promises. We are left unsatisfied and far more thirsty after we drink from these soiled streams than we were when we started. There is a God-sized void inside of every one of us that can only be filled by God; only by drinking from the streams of living water will we find the refreshment our soul longs for.
If you want to perform a quick self-evaluation on the testimony of your own thirst, consider how much time you engage in these two means of grace: Bible Intake and Prayer. God has given us His Word that we might drink it in daily (Matthew 4;4); along with His Word, He invites us to come into His presence through prayer (Jeremiah 33:3. The best gift we can offer our God is a thirst that pants for Him who delights to satisfy us through multiple streams of living waters.
One final thought: when God moved the prophet Isaiah to write, “Come, all you who are thirsty” (Isaiah 55:1), he made it clear that the waters are available to all who thirst. Isaiah did not identify a special few who have access to these waters; the invitation is made to all . . . the invitation is made to you. If you have never come to these waters, come today, just as you are, and drink. If it has been too long since your last drink, come back and drink from the sublime streams of your Savior. You’ll be glad you did!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”