My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Ps 42:2
A longing for God is often described as a thirst.
A thirst is experienced by everyone and is usually associated with drinking something refreshing and satisfying in order to quench the thirst.
You might be thirsty when you get up in the morning and drink water, orange juice, or coffee.
Throughout the day more water, coffee, a soft-drink, or a sweet tea may be ingested to continue to satisfy that thirst.
The body consists of 60% water, so it is a necessity in order to sustain life.
Thirst increases with physical activity, lack of drinking for a long period of time, or a rise in temperature.
You are a spiritual being made in the image of God. Just as your flesh finds satisfaction by drinking something refreshing – you will also find satisfaction by saturating yourself with God.
The more you do spiritually – the more thirst you will have for God. As you pray, read your Bible, share the Gospel, and attend church more often, you will find that you need to do it more often in order to quench the thirst. Truly, your soul will thirst for God.
If you’re not thirsting for Him, then it may be you’re not exerting your spirit and soul; you’re not pushing yourself, like a runner would push himself toward finishing the race and quenching his thirst with a long drink of water.
One final thought.
You need to drink water. You often need to force yourself to drink the recommended amount every day. It is often said you need to drink eight 8-oz glasses of water a day. The 8×8 is easy to remember, which is about a ½ gallon.
Another rule is to drink ½ your weight in fluid ounces. For a 200 lbs man, like me, that’s a hundred fluid ounces, well past the ½ gallon. For someone weighing 120 lbs that would be closer to the 64. So the more mass you have the more water you need to force yourself to drink.
Sometimes you have to force yourself to seek God more often. It’s a struggle to get up and pray, read the word, or go to church. It’s a struggle to turn off secular music and listen to Christian music.
But just like drinking the 8×8 in water, your body will grow accustomed to it and it will become natural to drink that much.
Likewise your spirit will begin to seek out God as your thirst for Him.
Perhaps the two are more closely associated than you think. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5