By: Deborah Lovett
Psalm 42:2 My soul thirst for God, for the living God. When can I go meet with God?
Are you finding God in your thirst? If you are like me you desire to be thirsty for the things of God and not of the world, all of the time, not some of the time. So how do we develop a thirst for God? And if you are not thirsty, is it because you have it all together, and really don’t need God? Or is it because you have been to church, bible study and really think you are already in the inner circle? The Well of Living Water is deep and there is always more to know, more to love and more to worship when it comes to entering the throne room of God through His Word. So I suppose this is much like many of the paradoxes we see in the Bible: we can be overflowing with the Living Water, and yet thirsting for more of Jesus continually! This is my goal, and I hope you will make it yours too.
So back to our main question: How do we develop a thirst for God?
I have found the best way to develop a thirst for God is to read His Word. The more I allow Him to speak His Word over me, through me, into me, and around me, the more I want it. Just like anything, the more you get, the more you want. Out of sight, out of mind. Feed your faith, or it will die!
There is no reason the Word should ever be boring. Let’s make it a bit fun, and a little challenging, shall we? Here is what I suggest: Pray and ask the Lord what scripture address He wants you to read. (Example: I am working on 1 Thessalonians Chapter Five) God knows what you need, ask Him. Then study that scripture till you know it frontwards and backwards. Take it apart, from the inside out! Turn it upside down, and right side up! Then ask Him to play connect the dots with you. (To show you other passages that connect with the one you already know.) Ask Him to take you places that will deepen the Word He has given you in exciting ways that only He can do, for He is the One that Created you. Who knows, we may just have Sword Drills in heaven!
Is it because of my love for reading and writing that I love when God plays word games with me? It becomes real to me, then I remember it, and then I tend to live it more readily. He makes me thirst for more! Show me more Lord, open my heart to receive your Living Water!
I am definitely finding God in my thirst as I cultivate the habit of drinking in His Word, just like I would drink a bottle of water when my mouth is dry.
Matthew:5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.