Got thirst?

The sensation of thirst seems rather straightforward to us.

Dying of Thirst

Our mouths and throats get dry, and we simply throw liquid ‘down the hatch’. And presto, we’re not thirsty anymore.

The body, however, thinks of thirst in a much different way.

thirst regulation figure

Most internal organs have sensory nerves that monitor the level of water in its environment and signal changes to the brain. The hypothalamus is the region of the brain primarily responsible for monitoring these signals, sensing an increased concentration of salt in the bloodstream. 

Our SOUL experiences its own kind of thirst.

Those deep, inner longings we feel are the Soul signaling to us that it needs something — comfort, affirmation, love.  

But as with bodily thirst, our Souls often lack discernment as to what will best satisfy us.

Too often we’ll look for satisfaction in someone’s Opinion of us. We’ll feast our eyes on that which we Covet. We’ll immerse ourselves in Work, thinking that the Fruit of our Labor will one day quench our thirst.

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But our Souls were designed to consume one thing, and one thing only: God.

thirsty for God

And all other earthly pursuits to quench our thirst do just the opposite.

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The things we think will quench our thirst are simply laden with more ‘salt’— salts of self-doubt, covetousness, pride.  

Only God is pure, clean, and deeply satisfying to our Souls.

Only God quenches the Soul’s every need.

Only God ends the hopeless search for the Soul’s true comfort, affirmation, and love.

Only God.

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”  

Psalm 63:1

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

– John 4:14

“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”

– John 7:37

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

– Psalm 42:1-2

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[adapted from Joni and Friends, www.joniandfriends.org ]

lmayan

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