“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”
So many of the problems and dissatisfactions of life come down to this – we are drinking from the wrong sources and they do not satisfy us. Our souls long for something more, something deeper and something more satisfying and helpful. When we don’t find it we are tempted to try new drinks and involvements to find if they might help. But they don’t except through their novelty.
Every one of us has this deep craving which more knowledge, more meetings, more experiments and more relationships don’t satisfy. It is a craving for God Himself – not just any god, the ones we conjure up or the one’s the world produces but – the God of Love who made us for Himself and understands us and all of our needs. It’s not even more church or more Bible Study, although they should help, it’s more of God Himself.
David put his finger on it when he wrote “my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Jesus affirmed it when He said to the woman at the well,
“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water …. a spring of water welling up to eternal life”
(John 4:10 & 14)
Eugene Peterson with his flair for the poetic puts it wonderfully this way in The Message,
“A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek;
I want to drink God, deep draughts of God.
I’m thirsty for God–alive.”
He interprets Paul like this,
“Don’t drink too much wine.
That cheapens your life.
Drink the Spirit of God,
huge draughts of him.”
Keep asking God for (more of) the Holy Spirit. Ask God to show you His works during the day. Ask Him to show you His love and reality in Scripture as you read it. Be expectant.
Please open the eyes of my spirit Lord that I may see more of the Lord Jesus in my life. Amen.