Years ago in my former vocation as a logger I drove a machine called a skidder with which I pulled logs from the woods to an area where they could be loaded and sent for milling. We dragged logs for several kilometer on what was called a skid road. It was hot and dusty work going back and forth on this same road pulling in the logs and returning back to get more.
At one spot close to the side of the skid road we discovered water bubbling up from underground and then disappearing again. This water was cold and oh so sweet. Probably the best water I have ever tasted. Whenever we were thirsty we would stop and have a drink. However it was such a little spot it was hard to see and easy to miss while driving by. But there was always the thought, “Oops I missed it but I’ll stop next time by.”
Does it sound familiar? “Oops God, I missed you, but I’ll stop next time by.”
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalm 42:1-2a).
“God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).
“I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land” (Psalm 143:6).
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37).
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
Thank you Lord Jesus for inviting the thirsty to come and drink. Telling us that if we believe in you, as the Scripture has said, “streams of living water will flow from within us… through the Spirit that you have given us. Thank you Jesus, amen.” John 7:37-39
by Alec Niemi
Used by Permission
• Living Water for the Thirsty – by Charles Spurgeon
• Never Thirsty – by Bethany Hayes
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