God has created our world with a need for water and He has made sure we have an ample supply. Our country not only has water, but we have the means to get it. Some countries are not that fortunate. There are those who live atop a water table and still thirst for the lack of ability to tap into it. All of us have experienced thirst. I remember a song from years ago titled “Cool Water”. Just listening to it made me thirsty. Thirst is designed to cause us to drink to avoid dehydration (another of the God-given intricacies of our bodies). Dehydration at all stages is discomforting.
While reading through Scripture of Jesus’ last hours, we see that He thirsted. None of us have ever suffered as much as Jesus. He endured the torture of the Cross for us. Would I give my life for others? Most likely for family and friends, but surely not for all mankind (Jesus says in Jn.15:13-14, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you). Not only was Jesus physically thirsty, but spiritually as well. Jesus was on a mission from the Father and He complained about nothing but thirst. His spiritual thirst was to please the Father. At this point, Jesus was severely dehydrated.
When I think of Jesus’ agonizing thirst, I think of Ps.42:1, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” I envision the many scenes in Africa where all the animals are migrating to a solitary water hole during a drought. During this mass exodus their tongues are hanging out and they are panting due to thirst. Some do not make it, they try but are overcome. It is an example of the spiritual nature of humans. Some make it and some do not; some recognize a need to drink from the Well of living waters; while others, refuse to partake (Jn. 4:14, But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life). God invites us all to drink and He has provided a way to tap this Fountain of salvation.
Our lives should be that as the hart (deer). Our souls should be seeking to serve Him that we literally thirst and pant after Him. Our spirits should remain on the verge of dehydration; always needing satisfaction with a drink from God’s Word! “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Is. 12:3). We can stand at the sink all day, but if we do not turn the spigot on we will not receive water. Likewise, we can sit with the Bible; but unless we open it, we will not receive a drink from the Waters of life. Stay thirsty my friends.