As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
Thirsty is a term that men have been using to describe a woman that is labeled as being desperate. If she appears to be too interested or available, then she is viewed as being thirsty. Many women have been hurt and taken advantage of because of their eagerness to be chosen or loved by men. Even when you do finally get what you were so desperate to receive, you will find it will never be enough. God is saying, "Come To Me and let me fill your thirst.
Before I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I ran from man to man desperately looking for love. I never found what I was looking for. It's like God was moving them out of the way every time I tried to settle down. I realize now that God had to do that in order for me to realize that what I was longing for was Him. It was this realization that lead me to give my life to Christ.
Sometimes in life we can allow our situations and day to day activities to drain us. You may not be running after a relationship, but it could be a career or money. Regardless of what you find yourself running after, if God is not your focus you will find yourself thirsty again. As I look back on my early days with the Lord, I can't help but wonder what happened? I still have a love for the Lord and His word, but my fire and zeal are no where close to where they once were.
When I first started my walk with God, I was on fire! I spent hours reading the word of God and praying. If I wasn't at home, I was at church serving. I didn't miss a service and I told everyone I met about Jesus. I loved Jesus and I didn't mind showing it.
As we enter the spring season, I'm asking God to quench my thirst once again. I'm asking Him to fill me up until I overflow. This is a time of revival. God wants to meet your need, but He wants us to seek after Him first. In order to really get into His presence, you must let go of those distractions and situations.
There's nothing wrong with desiring money, houses and relationships, but they will never be able to satisfy that part of you that is reserved for God. It's only after we are filled with more of Him that we are able to keep and enjoy the things He gives us. This is why He tells us to seek Him first. You will always feel empty and dissatisfied as long as you put other things and people before Him. So ask yourself what am I really longing for?
Make up your mind this year that you will chase after the things of God. That means spending more time in prayer. Commit to reading and meditating on the word each day of the week and not just on Sunday. God is longing for us to seek Him and desire Him more than anything else. Will you let Him fill you?