parched


On the last day of the festival, the great day,
while Jesus was standing there, he cried out,

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,

and let the one who believes in me drink.

As the scripture has said,

‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers

of living water.’ “


John 7: 37,38


I read these verses several days ago.

They were needed words as I was feeling thirsty.

We all can have times of deep thirst.

Times where we could utter the same words as

the psalmist in Psalm 63, lamenting of being in a

dry and weary land where there is no water.

Life can feel like that.

It can be filled with disappointments, hard places

or even random encounters with those that are unkind.

Our souls can take one too many assaults and feel

parched.

I did a little research this week to better understand

this plea that Jesus gave centuries ago.  

The same plea that is a promise to all of us now.


Where was Jesus?

He was observing the Feast of Tabernacle.  This 

feast is the most joyous celebration.  It was an 8-

day observance commemorating  the Israelites 

journey in the wilderness to the Promised

Land as they gathered in tents (dwellings) with God.

It is also a memorial of God’s provision of  water  from a

rock in the wilderness.

This festival was a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to celebrate

God’s abundant provision.

On that last great day, Jesus stood which is significant

as I have learned that priests sat to teach.  When they stood,

they were heralding truth.


How did Jesus speak?

He cried out.

Jesus was telling the people who what he had to say 

was so important that he had great emotion as a result.

To whom was Jesus speaking?

Anyone who was thirsty.

Physical thirst is a condition that is common to all.

Jesus wasn’t talking about a physical thirst but a

spiritual thirst.

He cried out for those poor, thirsty souls.

What is thirst?

Those who are said to thirst are described as

painfully feeling their want of, and eagerly

longing for those things by which the soul is

refreshed, supported and strengthened.

What is the thirst quenching recipe?

Come to Jesus.

Believe in Jesus.

Drink.

Sounds easier than the directives I have

given myself in the past.

I must admit my thirst.

Go to the source of water.

There are days that I may have to crawl to get there.

Other days I simply sit before him…lacking…spent…

THIRSTY.

I believe that there is no other source who can fill

the dry cracks of living other than him.

I open my eyes,

my ears,

my mouth,

my arms,

my mind,

my heart,

my soul

and

let him

fill me to

overflowing.

God is not satisfied to just

fill our lives,

He wants our lives

to overflow.

He should be a torrent

gushing from our lives.

He longs to be our Rock in each of

our wildernesses.

The LORD will guide you continually

and satisfy your needs in parched places,

and make your bones strong and you shall

be like a well-watered garden,

like a spring of water,

whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 58: 11

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