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“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
It has been hot this summer and as a result, I am thirsty all the time. Whenever I go inside after being out in the heat, I want a large glass of cold water. As soon as I drink the water, I start to cool down and feel refreshed. I’ve noticed something similar that has happened in my spiritual life. I’ve noticed that over the summer months, as my schedule has gotten less structured, my time with the Lord has become less consistent. As a result, I find myself thirsty for the Lord.
In times when I am not as close with the Lord, it becomes obvious very quickly. My soul wearies quickly, I am less patient and I start to look and act less like Jesus. In response, my flesh gets the better of me and I try to quench my thirst with things that never fully refresh and satisfy me—it’s like coming in from a sweltering day and drinking a mug of hot tea. It’s doesn’t satisfy and it usually leaves me grumpy.
Maybe you are in a similar place this summer. You haven’t spent much time with Jesus and you can feel the distance. Can I encourage you to take a morning off, slow down, and purposely dedicate time to being alone with God? It might seem like a large sacrifice but when it comes to the Lord, isn’t He worth it?
Living thirsty for the Lord leads to a life that is fully satisfied. Will you live thirsty?