Are You Thirsty?

I just finished reading an article on water that stated "water has been ranked by experts as second only to oxygen as essential for life". There were many interesting statistics noted such as the human body is from 55-75% water. 2/3 thirds of your weight is water. You need 2 1/2 quarts of water per day to be healthy. Some of the problems the article listed that could be caused by drinking too little water were: asthma, allergies, hypertension, excess body weight and even some emotional problems. Does that make you thirsty? Isn't it interesting that our general well being, physically speaking, is linked to drinking water. What a concept!

 

Have you ever been thirsty? I remember many years when the water tower in Tucumcari, New Mexico fell over. That effectively shut down the water supply for our little town. I don't normally have a great desire for water, but somehow the lack of availability made me more thirsty than any other day in my life. I truly longed for a cool drink of water. It took a disaster to make me realize how wonderful and refreshing a drink of water could be.

 

The sweet psalmist of Israel, King David, used the human urge to be thirsty for water and applied it to his desire to be with God. He said:

          "O God, you are my God:

                    earnestly I seek you;

           my soul thirsts for you,

                    my flesh faints for you,

           as in a dry and weary land where there is no water."

                                         Psalm 63:1 ESV

 

 In an earlier Psalm, David said:

          "As a deer pants for flowing streams, 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?"

                                        Psalm 42:1-2 ESV

 

We live in a world where people are literally dying of (spiritual) thirst. What will it take to turn them towards the source of (spiritual) water? Will it take a disaster? Or will we (Christians) take them a cool drink of water in order to quench the longing of their thirsty souls? Jesus spoke of such water in John 4:14 "Whosoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life". 

 

Let us take this water to people so they will never have to be thirsty again. That satisfaction is found in Christ Jesus, our Lord. That is the joy of world evangelism. That is the purpose of all evangelists. We are privleged to give health to sinsick souls. We slake the thirst of those whose lives are being spent in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. We lead them to the source of health and life. We lead them to Jesus. Yes, there is thirst and their is thirst. What are YOU thirsty for? I think I'll go and get a drink!

 

Dr. George Carman, Dean of International Ministry Training/Asia

 

 

Comments

George, please notify me automatically when you post a blog. Thank you. And remember: Jesus loves you and so do I. L. B.

Thanks for sending me the link to your blog. I am encouraged & excited by news of what is happening in un-churched parts of the world, especially Asia & Africa. here in South Africa the fields are also white unto harvest - the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Please pray for us, especially for the Central church of Christ, who are busy nurturing leaders, who are having to lead in the absence of elders & deacons. The church is very immature in South Africa & I believe were taught that if they would just be baptized, they would have a fist class ticket to heaven & would just have to wait in the pew until that happens. i asked an elderly brother if anyone had mentored him in the 29 years he'd been a Christian - he said "No One!" As a result he never grew & never mentored anyone else. many churches are inward focused & don't even have an evangelism program - they expect the preacher to do everything, and as a result have never learned to do anything for themselves. Please pray that we can turn the tide here - and mature the saints so that we can take on this huge Continent of africa with the dunamis of God, the Gospel. In Him, Benedict

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