Good Life

Clergy column | Thirsting for the living God

Have you ever been thirsty? During the summer of 1973, I worked as a roofer while living in Bethlehem. I worked on various kinds of roofs (slate, hot tar and stone, shingle). Usually the days were hot and sunny. Needless to say, I was often very thirsty and eagerly sought after cool, refreshing water to quench my thirst.

Are you thirsty for the living God? The Psalmist had such a thirst; he wrote, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” Psalm (42:1-2). Do you have such a thirst for the living God? Does the soul cry of the Psalmist resonate within your inner man?

Why do we thirst at all? Obviously, we need water to live. Thirst is a God-designed function of our physical man which compels us to take appropriate action in order to live. In “The Treasury of David,” Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Thirst is an insatiable longing after that which is one of the most essential supports of life … thirst will be heard; the whole man must yield to its power.” Similarly, we need the living water from the living God in order to live spiritually; thus exists the spiritual thirsting of all men.

What is the solution to thirst? Although we have many beverages, there is nothing quite like God’s handiwork of water. Even as our physical man must have water to live, so also our spiritual man must have living water from the living God to live. Recognizing this fact of spiritual life, the Psalmist wrote, “O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly; my soul thirst for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).

Apart from the living God there is no living water; neither is there spiritual life. Possessions cannot quench the thirsting of our inner man. Neither can positions of status nor personal relationships. Not even “peace of mind” can quench that thirst. Living water from the living God alone quenches the deep thirsting of our soul.

Are you thirsty for the living God? Does your soul desperately cry out, “I must drink of the living waters that only He can give in order to live”? If you have such a thirst, then he invites you to come to him and partake of such water. Listen to his invitation, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters … ” (Isaiah 55:1) and, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to me ( the Lord Jesus Christ) and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture said, ‘from his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water’ ” (John 7:37-38).

Come to Jesus, allowing him to quench the thirsting of your soul.