April 30, 2018

Psalm 42:1 (NLT) — 1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.

Perhaps the psalmist was trying to put into words how much he wanted God but he had writers block and just didn’t know what to say. And then all of a sudden he remembers a time when it was a dry season, rain had been sparse, forest fire alert arrow pointed to the ‘red zone’ which means extreme danger of a fire. But he also remembered seeing deer running down to a river and plunging their mouths into the water and taking in that thirst quenching liquid. And after a few long draughts they walked away refreshed

So he says, “God, that’s how I feel. My heart is thirsty and nothing else will quench that thirst but you.”

Augustine put it this way, “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”

Solomon said it like this, ” He has planted eternity in the human heart,…(Ecc. 3:11)

What Solomon meant by this is that God has linked us to himself and to heaven. So none of our endeavors, our achievements, or our things that we gain in this lifetime will ever satisfy us. We will only be satisfied and at rest when we link up with God through Jesus Christ. Nothing else will satisfy. Nothing else will quench the heart thirst within us until it has been quenched by us receiving the Holy Spirit. God created a void within each of us that will never be filled until it is filled by him.

Was that cruel of God? Was that mean of God? Absolutely not. God created us in his image, in other words you were built for God just like a duck is built for water, and only the things of God will truly satisfy us as only water will satisfy a duck. God knew that trying to fulfill that void with anything other then him would only lead to frustration, dissatisfaction, complacency, competition, deceit, cravings, unnatural desires, despondency, despair, futility, jealousy, guilt, shame, bitterness, anger and eventually to eternal death.

Is your heart thirsty? Are you restless? Are you weary? Are you uptight? Tell the Lord. Repent of trying to quench the thirst with anything but God. Release what ever it was like, food, family, stuff, status, pleasure etc. And then ask the Holy Spirit to fill that empty space with His peace, His love and His contentment. Seal the area with the blood of Jesus and thank Him for quenching that internal thirst. Now live your life linked to God. Come to Him in prayer first and foremost with everything. Let pray get you in harmony with the will of God. His Will? > to seek him first.

Matthew 11:28–30 (NLT) — 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

John 7:37–39 (NLT) — 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ ” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

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