I try not to hike much in the summer. It’s just way too hot here in Florida that time of year. That’s why I will occasionally drive up to Tennessee and hike up there in the Smoky Mountains. Usually the temperature is pretty mild at higher elevations. My last trip there, though, was a scorcher. I had escaped Florida and it’s unbearable heat only to be met with high temps and humidity in the mountains. I drank water like I wouldn’t see any for days and had one of those experiences where thirst was all-consuming.
This is the type of thirst we should have for Jesus and for his Word. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God ” (Psalm 42:1-2). Our spiritual thirst can only be satisfied with the “water” Jesus offers. Jesus, when speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well, says, “Everyone who drinks this water (real water) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
That’s such a beautiful image, a spring of spiritual strength living within us, constantly bringing us sustenance. His water, his Spirit brings us life and helps us grow. It blesses us and teaches us how to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3).
We all have a thirst that must be quenched. Are you satisfying your thirst with Jesus?