Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.” NASB
I and many others are crying out for more of God! I talk to people frequently who express their spiritual dissatisfaction with the status quo 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!
I am encouraged that many express a desire for more of God and a thirst for God; sometimes, it amounts to nothing more than words. We must grasp a specific truth if we are to soar like eagles spiritually. That truth is that revelation must be accompanied by action! It is the Gospel then we have the Acts in the Bible, which is purposeful in how the books are situated. It reveals that once we hear from God, we must act upon what we have heard.
Unfortunately, in much of the Church today, no action accompanies the declarations. I don’t mean to be harsh, but there needs to be more sincerity in the declaration. I believe there are times when that results from a lack of proper 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. God desires 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 of. 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.”
The Bible teaches that there is a river flowing all the time! It flows from within our hearts, and it 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.
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.”
THAT RIVER FLOWS FROM WITHIN
This is incredibly inviting, challenging, and enlightening. We talk about being “hungry and thirsty” for God. We talk about wanting more of God. We talk about wanting to be vessels that God can use. We talk! That is the problem, we talk! Too often, we demonstrate that we are all talk and no action, smoke, and no fire!
Having more of God, and having our Spiritual Thirst quenched and more of the Power of God in our lives does not just happen. It requires something on our part. First, we must Come to Him and then Drink! Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:2 that we are to desire the sincere milk of the Word like newborn babies. Hunger and Thirst! Jesus said in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” The Psalmist told us in Psalm 63:1, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
In the natural, if we get thirsty, really thirsty, we will seek water with a sense of desperation. Why do we think that it is different in the Spiritual realm? Thirst will never be quenched by looking at a glass of water or knowing that we have a pitcher in the refrigerator filled with water. You must actually drink! Believers, it is time we allowed the Holy Spirit to cause our hunger and thirst to rise to desperation.
I want to delve into this deeper, but we will pause here and say, “If you want more of God, the Bible makes it clear that God wants you to have more of Him.” The only question is our hunger, thirst, and willingness to press in.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Jesus!