Have you ever gone for a walk outside in the heat? I have. Once I went for a walk early one morning at 8 am, but It was already hot, hot, hot outside. The prediction that day was 95 degrees by noon! Just about every neighbor had sprinklers on, splashing like crazy, hoping to protect their lawns. I felt like running through them but didn’t want to look too silly, so I kept on walking. (Although running through and then jumping up and down in the sprinklers would’ve been a lot of fun!)
I’d left the house after drinking a full glass of water, but didn’t bring a bottle of water with me. Likely should have, but didn’t feel like carrying one, thought I’d get home quickly, and my knapsack was broken. Excuses, excuses, excuses. We all know how to make them, right?
After walking in the heat for a while sweat started to drench me, (I think that’s how God cools us off) but I was still over a mile away from home. I could sit in the shade or keep going. I thought to myself, Why did I not bring my water bottle?! When I’m feeling thirsty, I need to quench it! When I got home, I sat down. I wasn’t panting, but I felt parched. I really should’ve brought that bottle along instead of leaving it at home. I felt exhausted, and I forgot to take along my replenishment source.
Time to parallel this walk in the heat without water, to spiritual replenishment and sustenance necessity. When I ask God to fill me up, He saturates my soul. When you ask God, to saturate yours, He will. When I attempt to walk throughout my day, without pulling God’s reservoir into my time first, I’m giving the enemy an opportunity to drain me. If or when you do the same thing, that rascal will drain you too. Don’t let him! If I don’t spend time with God, every day, I will face a drought. Likely, so will you. When I choose to spend time with Him and ask Him to sit near, I am His, He is mine, and I feel at peace, loved, and quenched. That’s what God wants for you too. The world’s heat isn’t always right. It is often a distraction especially when we don’t call God near to water us.
Got it? Got God?
Good. Prepare to receive His blessing!
When I walked outside that hot morning, I stopped in shady spots. Again and again. Shady spots are cool and comfortable! I’d look at my shadow and think, There you are Helo, keep walking and next time, for Heaven’s sake, bring a water bottle! Water is necessary, and sometimes we need more especially in the heat! Here we go with another parallel. This world has lots of heat. And I don’t only mean heat that comes from the sunshine. I mean “heat” that comes with adversity and challenges. You know, like job loss, not enough money, loss of a loved one, confusion, irritability, anxiety… and the heat list continues.
God-time is amazing, and we never need less of Him. We always need more. The more we thirst His presence, the more He quenches. And the more He quenches our soul, the more we realize how important it is to keep Him near like a love bottle who can always quench our thirst. With real love. Real peace. Real joy. And His assurance.
So how do you let God saturate your soul when you’re thirsty?
Crave His presence.
Call Him near. Make it a habit. Talk to Him a lot. And discover loving Him is contagious and that He that authentically knows how to quench our insatiable moments. “And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”
Spend time in His Word and Believe it!
“He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From His innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
Believe He is our sustenance and quencher.
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
Quench your soul-thirst and stand firm on our faith-Rock. God doesn’t want you to stand still in a drought. I don’t think you do either. So drink up! “He opened the rock and water flowed out; It ran in the dry places like a river.”
Wow. Just writing this is making me thirsty. Did you know that the terms ‘thirst’ and ‘thirsty’ are used in Scripture over 55 times? God sure knows how to quench it. In His enduring presence, God promises His children, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst.” (Revelation 7:16). In Heaven, we’ll live on forever, quenched with a redeemed soul, but until then, you and I need to remember Who quenches our soul.
I’m thirsting for time with God now. Got to go drink up. I’m praying you’ll do the same. God bless you!
Hope in Him,