Tuesday, November 1, 2011
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
Our bodies can live for only a few days without water; we all know that it's vital to sustain our lives.
For many years I have had an illness that at times does not allow me to retain anything I take into my
stomach, even the smallest sip of water. After about 24 hours, I begin to crave it so intensely that I will
swish it in my mouth just for the taste of it. My lips begin to crack and I can think of almost nothing
else but the need for water. This is when I must return to the hospital and receive fluids in an IV.
The world we live in is a “dry and weary land” for our souls. In this world, just as surely as I need
water to sustain my body, I need spiritual water to sustain my soul. Jesus said in John 4:14, “but
whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” I know that when life gets hectic and I don't spend the
time drinking the spiritual water that comes from spending time with God through prayer, reading the
Word and worship, my soul begins to dehydrate as surely as my body does. Just as quickly, too.
Prayer: Father, please refresh my soul with the living water that only you can give. Help me this day
to listen to Your Spirit's promptings that I may bring You to others that they may drink as well.