Living water…

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O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you. Psalm 63:1

Christ says, “To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6

Ever been really thirsty? As I mentioned in this space, I’ve just returned from spending a week in Juarez, Mexico which is essentially located in a desert. It’s also directly across the border from the Texas town of El Paso.

Way back in 1987 I went to army basic training at Fort Bliss, El Paso. A good bit of our training was conducted… in the desert. In July. Did I mention “thirsty”?

When you’re REALLY thirsty it’s hard to think about anything but finding water. It’s a strong survival response to a potentially life-threatening situation. Food? Sleep? Safety? Your body says, “I don’t care. I want water. I NEED WATER! NOW!”

This is the kind of urgent need of which our two verses for today speak. There may be many things we want, but there are very few things we actually NEED. RIGHT. NOW. The presence of the Lord is one of them.

It was observed by several people on our 22-person ministry team in Juarez how happy and joyful were many of the people we met who live in deep poverty in Juarez. Materially, they have nothing. But they have something better. They have the joy of the Lord – something we rarely see amidst great material abundance back home in suburban Dallas.

It would seem we often have an abundance of what we don’t actually need, but often lack that which matters most. First-world problems…

Heavenly Father, teach us to pursue that which truly satisfies. Give us living water. Amen.

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