Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.” NASU
My heart and the hearts of many are crying out for more of God! I talk to people all the time who express their dissatisfaction with the status quo spiritually and are troubled by what they see in this world. They and I realize that the only hope for this world and even this country is God!
While I am encouraged that many are expressing a desire for more of God and expressing a thirst for God, sometimes it amounts to nothing more than words. There is no action accompanying the declarations. Sometimes, there is a lack of sincerity in the declaration and sometimes, it is a lack of instruction. Both are problematic but having more of God and getting closer to Him is a condition and position available to every believer. It is not something that only the select of the elect can attain. It is God’s desire that everyone come to the water and drink. Everybody can have as much of God and His Spirit as they desire and will avail themselves to. We can all come to the River and Drink.
Isaiah 55:1 – “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”
Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.”
I believe, and the Bible teaches that there is a river flowing. It is a river that never runs dry. It is a river of plenteous supply. It is a river that completely satisfies the longing soul. In the natural a river at flood state purifies that river. When the river of God begins to overflow in our hearts and lives it purifies and washes away the dross.
There is a truth that we need to remember concerning spiritual things. Our appetites determine our spiritual condition. We eat and drink what we want because we want it. If we want something bad enough we will struggle to obtain it, sacrifice to get it and go to incredible lengths to achieve it. That’s true in the natural and true in the spiritual. Therefore, if we want more of God and become hungry and thirsty enough we will press in and “seek Him and find Him.” God is always willing to give us of His Spirit and His Person. Having the Presence of God is available as is revealed in the Prayer Jesus instructed us to pray in Matthew 6:9.
Fearing that I am making things seems overly easy, there are some conditions to receiving the Spirit and Power of God in our lives to the fullest. It takes more than just wishful thinking or saying we want it.
John 7:37-39 – “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ” If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
I ask that you join me in gives some thought to the conditions required to receive that fullness of God that our hearts crave.
CONDITION NUMBER ONE – “We Must Become Thirsty.”
This means that we must develop the ardent, eager, famishing, keep, and all-consuming craving and passion in our souls for complete union with God and with the fullness of His Spirit. In verse 2 of our text we find, the Psalmist crying out, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…” In Psalm 63:1 the writer is desperately seeking and says, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirst for you, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” That’s thirst! In Psalm 143:6 we read, “I stretch out my hands to You; my soul longs for You, as in a parched land.” The picture is incredibly clear, to find God and have our spiritual thirst quenched we must become desperately and earnestly thirsty! He must become the most important pursuit of our lives.
In Isaiah 41:17 the prophet speaks of the afflicted and needy seeking water but there is no water to be found. Their tongues are parched from lack of water. God promises in the next verse that He would open rivers on the bare heights and send springs in the midst of the valley. No matter where they were, there would be that desired spiritual water! Then, in Isaiah 44:3-4, “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants; 4 And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.” What a picture! If we seek Him, we will find Him. If we develop this kind of thirst, we will be satisfied.
Elisha had that kind of thirsts in 2 Kings 2 seeking a double portion anointing. He followed Elijah to Gilgal, to Bethel, then to the Jordan. He refused to be denied. He refused to accept delay. He refused to accept denial. He pressed into the double portion because He was thirsty! Joel said that God would pour out His spirit upon ALL FLESH and that includes you and me if we are thirsty!
I will pause here and look at the next condition in the next devotional. May the LORD increase your thirst and help you become determined to press in and drink!
I pray you will have a fantastic day today!