Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thirsty for the Presence of God

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?   -Psalm 42:1, 2 (KJV) 

Most of us know the feeling of being thirsty.  For a number of years we have all heard the talk about maintaining the right amount of fluid in our bodies and how we should drink 7 or 8 glasses of water a day.  I have tried practicing this and have found, as maybe you have as well – 7 or 8 glasses of water a day is a large amount of water.  Recent studies indicate this may be unnecessary.  One doctor who publishes articles in the newspaper suggested we let our bodies tell us when we need fluid.  He suggests we drink water when we are thirsty.  I read an interesting article a number of months ago which suggested when we feel our energy levels running low, which is a sign of becoming dehydrated, to drink a glass of water.  I have tried this and it works.  Staying hydrated is vital to maintaining good health. 

The Word of God says the human soul desires the Lord just as a deer pants for water.  Without water a deer would not be able to function.  The same principle applies to us.  Without the Word of God and a personal relationship with Christ we too will falter, stumble, and drift aimlessly and lifelessly though our days.  The power of God’s Spirit so moves in our lives we are empowered to rise up and walk forward in confident and victorious faith.  Do you desire the Word of God?  Do you have an intense longing to experience the fullness of God’s Spirit each day?  When this is the desire of our hearts the Lord will satisfy our longing completely.  The Lord will so indwell the believer that each day is a new experience with the power and grace of God. 

Do not allow the cares of the world or the trials of life to defeat you today.  Open your heart and let Christ have His perfect will for your life.  Prayer, the Word of God, and faith will keep us going the direction the Lord would have us to go especially during the storms of life.  These storms will often arise suddenly and without warning.  However, when we are standing on the solid rock of Jesus Christ we will be able to remain firmly planted, rooted, and sustained by His presence.   

Do not be tempted to look to the world for help.  Instead, continue looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.  He is able to help us through any trial we face.  Desire the Living Water of Jesus’ power in our lives.  You will not be disappointed.

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