Is Your Soul Thirsty?By Jim Hinrichs
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We must have water to survive! Our bodies are more than 70 percent water; to keep them running smoothly we are told to drink eight glasses of water a day. You might survive for weeks without food by living on body reserves, but water is so integral to life—with every function depending on it—that most of us would die after three to four days. To skimp on water intake is to put your body in serious risk of malfunctioning.
To get the most out of your water intake, you should drink two cups before breakfast, two or three between breakfast and lunch, and two or three between lunch and supper. So that it doesn't interfere with digestion, wait an hour or two after eating and stop about 15 minutes before eating again. And don't depend on thirst—you need water way before you feel thirsty for it!
What a blessing to have running water in our homes, or go to the local store and buy a bottle! But imagine you're near Death Valley in the middle of summer. Your car broke down and you have no idea when help might arrive. You drank your last sip of water three hours ago. The desert is so hot that you see water shimmering in the distance, but it's only a mirage. Or imagine you've just hiked 10 strenuous miles, and your mouth is dry and your energy zapped. You reach for your canteen for a refreshing drink, but all the water has leaked out. It will be four more miles before you reach another source. As thirsty as you'd feel in these situations, that's how thirsty God want you to be for Him!
David drew the corollary that our thirst for water is like our need for God. Pursued by King Saul, David cried, "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Ps. 63:1, NIV).
Our world is cut off from God by sin—a true desert in the midst of the universe. Are you aware of your critical need of spiritual water? The next time you take a refreshing drink of pure, cool water, consider also your soul thirst. How can you quench it? The answer is in Revelation 22:17: "Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely!" Drink in spiritual water throughout the day—don't wait until you're thirsty.
Have you gotten your drink of living water yet? Come to Jesus, the source of the water of life, and let Him fill you to overflowing!