Thirsty for more than a drink… have you ever been thirsty? I don’t mean the average thirst where a drink of water sounds good after a long walk or after working in the garden on a hot summer day. I mean really — really thirsty…where your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth and all you can think about is water. Thirst is one of the most powerful spiritual symbols in all of scripture. As dehydration draws the whole of our physical being to a longing for water, so a spiritual void will draw our spirits into a search for deeper meaning for our lives. The Psalmist expressed it this way, “ As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalms 42:1-2) Or… “I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.” (Psalms 143:6)
.Great illustration; In 1996, a young marine corporal named Joey Mora was standing on a platform of an aircraft carrier patrolling the Iranian Sea. Incredibly, he fell overboard. His absence was not known for 36 hours. A search and rescue mission began, but was given up after another 24 hours. No one could survive in the sea without even a life-jacket after 60 hours. His parents were notified that he was “missing and presumed dead.” The rest of the story is one of those “truth is stranger than fiction” events. Script writers would pass it up as “not believable.” Four Pakistani fishermen found Joey Mora about 72 hours after he had fallen from the aircraft carrier. He was treading water in his sleep, clinging to a makeshift floatation device made from his trousers — a skill learned in most military survival training. He was delirious when they pulled him into their fishing boat. His tongue was dry and cracked and his throat parched. Just about two years later, as he spoke with Stone Philips of NBC Dateline, he recounted an unbelievable story of will to live and survival. Who would not give up? He said it was God who kept him struggling to survive. His discovery by the fishermen makes searching for a needle in a haystack a piece of cake. The most excruciating thing of all? Joey said that the one thought that took over his body and pounded in his brain was “Water!”
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” (John 7:37). “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” Notice the condition that Jesus lays down. “If any man thirst,” (v.37) Now I thank God for that words “any man.” Jesus plainly said if anyone wants God…a relationship with God, he can have it. If anyone wants spiritual living, he can obtain it. If anyone seeks God he can find Him.
- But notice that this is specifically addressed only to those who are thirsty.
- The problem with many people is, they are just not thirsty for God and spiritual living.
- You see, before we can really have a close relationship with God, we’ve got to thirst for God. I mean we’ve got to thirst like the Psalmist who said…
- We’ve got to cry out as David cried out…”O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” (Psalms 63:1)
- We must come to a point where we can get before God and say, “I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah” (Psalms 143:6). We will never have a close relationship with God until we thirst after Him. That is why Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”
Do you have the spiritual thirst that Jesus requires?
If not, say a silent pray and ask God to fill you with spiritual thirst. For Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
You see, some people think that the way to Jesus is holiness. They believe that service, plus sacrifice, equals holiness. If they can just do enough for God, and give enough to God, then God will be happy with them and give them the kind of power and joy and zeal that they need.
- Ladies, that is exactly backwards. The way to Jesus is not holiness. The way to holiness is Jesus. You see, service and sacrifice are important, but they are not the roots of the Spirit-filled life. They are but the fruit of the Spirit-filled life. The root of all of it is Jesus. Now I want you to imagine that you have been in a desert for several days. You’ve gone totally without water. You are almost delirious. Your lips are parched; your skin is cracked from the heat of that broiling, boiling sun. All of a sudden, you come upon a river.
- Now I want to ask you a silly question. What would you do? You know what you would do. You would drink…quench your thirst.
- That is exactly what Jesus tells us to do. “Let him come unto Me and drink.” It is right here that so many Christians miss it. They come to the bank of the river, they see the water, they watch the waves lap up on the shore. They even see the reflection of their face on the surface, but they don’t drink.
- You see, God will lead you to the trough, but He won’t make you drink. If you want to be filled, you must drink. Are you thirsty? Are you thirsty for God? Are you Are you thirsty for a victorious life? Just come to Jesus and drink, and He will fill you until you overflow and become a river of living water that will bless others as well. Please ladies drink of the living water today. The world has nothing to offer you for lasting satisfaction. Only Jesus can give you the joy you are seeking. Believe me, I have lived almost 59 years on this earth and there is nothing that quenches the thirst like Jesus!!