“They are so thirsty”. This simple phrase may not mean what you think it does. But, to almost any college student today they know it by a different meaning. As urban dictionary defines ‘thirsty’ as desperate, often in reference of desperation for the opposite gender. In this usage it is rarely used as a compliment, but more as a funny way of pointing out when someone is being overly flirty and seeking attention from another person. Due to this pop-culture definition I was more than surprised to hear my pastor make reference to ‘being thirsty’ last week in church. But, this was an entirely different context of the word that I really had not thought about before.
He proposed the idea of Christians being thirsty for Jesus. What does that even mean? Perhaps you are stuck in a dry spell in your own walk with Christ. The truth is that God whole-heartedly wants to drench your dry and cracked heart with his cold, refreshing waters. My pastor proceeded to remind us that we can even pray and ask God to make us thirsty for him. Wow! I feel like it’s easy to just feel helpless when life and your relationship with God is seemingly quiet. It is a great and encouraging promise that even in dry spells God has never stopped listening. He would love to hear from you and wants you to thirst for him. This thought has been an encouragement to me and I wanted to share some helpful verses as well about spiritual dryness and overcoming such times with a thirst and fullness in Christ.
“Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” — Ezekiel 37:4-5
“We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
who is from God, that we may UNDERSTAND what God has freely given us!” — 1 Corinthians 2:12
“Then he became very thirsty, and he called to the LORD and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant, and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi so that water came out of it. When he drank, his strength returned and he revived. Therefore he named it En-hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.” -Judges 15:18-19
“You provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger, You brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst, And You told them to enter in order to possess The land which You swore to give them. -Nehemiah 9:15”
They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; They did not find a way to an inhabited city. They were hungry and thirsty; Their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses.” -Psalms 107:4-9