Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Longing To Know God

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

6th November 2011

Are you thirsty and longing for God?

I don’t just mean for you to intellectually acknowledge that you thirst and long for God. That’s a good starting point, but it isn’t enough.

We really must feel it from deep within if we are to quench our thirst and meet our longing.

So often, Christians are too easily satisfied. We settle for what we have of God when we could have so much more.

We can all too easily become content with just going through the motions of Christian living, the religious duties and disciplines.

But do we want more? It is crucial that we do, otherwise we will have a superficial relationship with God.

Our desire to know God and enjoy Him depends on how aware we are of what we lack. The more deeply we feel our thirst the more deeply we will drink of Christ and the more passionate our longing the more eagerly we will draw close to the source of true satisfaction.

David deeply and passionately understood this when he was in the Desert of Judah:

‘You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water’. (Psalm 63:1)

I know that I need to examine my heart to see if I’m too easily satisfied, how about you?

I know that I must continually make God my central focus.

This means much more than attending church once a week, or saying my prayers before I go to sleep or occasionally reading a brief portion of Scripture.

It means lingering before Him in prayer, feeding my inner being as much as I can on His Word, and meditating on that Word.

This way I can follow David’s example when he says,

‘I cling to you…’ (Psalm 63:8 NIV)
‘My soul follows close behind You…’ (NKJ)
‘I stay close to you…’ (CEV)
‘I hold on to you for dear life…’ (The Message)

Let me ask you a question.

Are you more interested in the face of God than the hand of God?

In other words are you more interested in getting something from God than in knowing Him for who He is?

God’s purpose is for us to know Him intimately, to gaze upon His face knowing that when we do we will find peace and contentment.

How far are you prepared to go in order to know Him better?

Let’s not just be on nodding terms with God, rather let’s chase after Him, and cling on to Him for all we’re worth.

Have a good week longing to know God better,

Pastor Barry

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