Thirsty (March 22)


March 22

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 42:1-5 | Numbers 33:40 – 35:34 | Luke 5:12-28 | Proverbs 11:23

Today’s Scripture Focus: Psalm 42:1-5

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. [2] My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? [5] Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and [6] my God. (Psalm 42:1-6 NIV)

We are created with a need for water, a thirst that must be satisfied. This truth, obvious in the physical realm, is just as true in the spiritual realm. Like the Psalmist, we are created with a thirst for “living water.”

We often try to satisfy that thirst with other things–seeking to find satisfaction in money, entertainment, popularity, power, relationships, etc. But there is a thirst that can only be satisfied by drinking deep at the river of living water. Like the woman at the well (John 4), we all need to enter into this stream of living water that wells up to eternal life.

But we must do more than enter in; we must also drink often at this stream. Our souls are beat up and bruised. We become downcast and discouraged. We need the refreshment that comes from intimacy with God. Drink deeply, drink long, drink often.

God is your hope, your desire, your satisfaction. Pant after him, seek him out, and allow him to fill you to overflowing with his living water. He is refreshment and life to your soul.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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