“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Psalms 63:1 ESV
You may not know this, but we live in a world where there is no water. You may reply, "But our world is covered in water." Yes, that is true, but not the water that brings life - eternal life. We are souls with a body and our souls thirst and hunger for our spiritual Father.
We often mistake specific hungers and thirsts (desires) as physical when they are spiritual. The desire for approval, companionship, love, and purpose are all spiritual desires. When we try and satisfy those desires with things like wrong relationships, temporary accomplishments, physical intimacy outside of marriage and a party lifestyle, we become spiritually dehydrated.
There are countless stories of people who have been capsized in the ocean and found themselves so thirsty that they began to drink the ocean water they were floating in. They knew drinking ocean water would eventually kill them, but their thirst was just too much to ignore. In drinking the saltwater, immediate thirst would be quenched, but because of the high salt content, they would become more dehydrated and would find themselves urinating more frequently to get rid of the excess salt. This eventually causes a cycle of drinking and urinating (middle schoolers, I said urinating twice - haha), until dehydration kills them.
This example is very similar to what happens when we try and quench our spiritual lives with what is essentially salt water. The things of this world can never satisfy our souls. All they will do is create greater hunger and thirst for those same things, even though they are slowly killing us. This is precisely how addiction works, and it is deadly.
Talking to the woman at the well, who was drinking the saltwater of wrong relationships, He said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14).
We all drink the saltwater of this world trying to quench our spiritual thirst in some way. Today ask Jesus to help you recognize your saltwater intake and to substitute it with the living water that He provides. The living water He has provided is time with Him through prayer and His Word. It is also being part of a community of believers and sharing His good news with others.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for trying to quench my thirst with what is not water. Give me the wisdom to recognize what is and what isn't living water and the grace to drink the water that You give. Amen.