“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?” (Psalms 42:1-2)
We live in a world where many people are aware of their spiritual needs, but they do not know who or what can satisfy their deep, inner thirst. Many have expressed the soul as having a void, an emptiness, that only our Creator and Saviour can fill. So how is this void filled? When we receive the Holy Spirit. And in order to receive the Holy Spirit, we must be thirsty and being thirsty starts with being obedient. This means, we are willing to do whatever it takes to please God because our obedience is shown through our actions. Put simply, we are willing to abandon our sins and everything that is separating us from God such as bad friendships and relationships, our will, lies, grudges, bad eyes, promiscuous habits and all forms of worldly tendencies.
The truth is that these things that the world offers only provide temporary joy, peace, and satisfaction, and they often leave us thirstier and worse off than we were before.
However, when our Lord Jesus quenches our thirst, we are never thirsty again and we even become fountains of Living Water. That’s why He said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)
But, when we resist and still insist on doing things our own way, it shows that we don’t want God the way we thought we did. Our actions will always reflect our priorities. It is not enough to say we love Jesus, our words must be backed up by the desire to sacrifice whatever is an impediment to our relationship with Him. In the same way that we forsake other people when we get married, we also have to be defined when it comes to God, because we can’t want God and still love the world. It just won’t work! And the sad reality is that every time we turn our backs on God and do what does not please Him, we break His heart and consequently put our souls at risk.
Remember that the thirst of our soul must consist in knowing God. If we want to be saved and remain saved, our thirst for God must be greater than the need for anything or anyone else. Our greatest priority must be to do the will of our Father. When we are like this, we will eventually have the privilege of spending eternity with our Saviour!