Camels have extreme thirst. They can drink 30-40 gallons at a time.
I think my puppy is part camel.
When he drinks, he flops down, wraps his paws around the bowl, and plunges his head in the water dish.
Sometimes he goes to the Texas-sized water bowl (the pool) for a drink. He’ll jump in—slurping all the while.
That’s some kind of thirsty.
When’s the last time you were that thirsty?
Thirsty for God?
Plunge-your-head-in-the-water-bowl thirsty for Him?
Three things contribute to my puppy’s thirst:
Food: His puppy chow makes him thirsty. What kind of spiritual chow are you feeding on? Because an absence from spiritual things—be it church attendance, Bible reading, or prayer—does NOT make the heart grow fonder. It creates callouses. We become hardened toward God and are less likely to feel hunger and thirst.
Exercise: We exercise Valor. A lot. He turns into Psycho Dog if we don’t. Exercise creates thirst. As we exercise our faith—in our thoughts, words, and actions—our thirst for God increases. It takes effort to submit all things to His authority in obedience.
Heat: August in Texas scorches. Just walking to the mailbox makes me sweat and sends Valor into the pool. But life burns too. A steady smolder that singes your spirit and shrivels your soul. Stress, challenges, just keeping the many balls we juggle in the air—these can drive our need for God. Substitutes won’t do. Only His peace is beyond understanding.
Do you thirst for God? Not a polite, sweet-tea-sipping thirst, but a jump-in-the-pool thirst?
If so, Jesus says, “Come.”
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17 (NIV)
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;” Isaiah 55:1
Nail your spiritual workouts and change your corner of the gym.
Workout of the Week: Extreme Thirst
Memory Verse: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” Psalm 42:1
Meditation Passage: Psalm 63
Just Do It: Only God can quench extreme thirst.