Who Can Quench Your Thirst?

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1, NKJV).

“I once visited the dean of a great American university. We looked out the window of his office and watched hundreds of students walking to their classes. I asked the dean, ‘What is the greatest problem at this university?’ He thought a moment and answered, ‘Emptiness.’ So many people today are bored, lonely, searching for something. You can see it in their faces. One girl home from college told her wealthy father, ‘Father, I want something, but I don’t know what it is.’ That’s true of many people; we want something to meet the deepest problems of our lives, but we haven’t found it. David said, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want’ (Psalm 23:1, NKJV). The Apostle Paul expressed it, ‘I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content’ (Philippians 4:11, NKJV). You don’t have to give up on life, to throw up your hands and cry, ‘It’s no use.’ You can have God’s peace, God’s joy, God’s happiness, God’s security; and yours can become the most thrilling life in the world.”

“There is still emptiness within people, and they attempt to fill that with things that do not satisfy. Jesus said to the woman at the well, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again’ (John 4:13, NKJV). I tell people to write this Scripture over the top of their ambition, over every goal they set for their lives. No ambition is going to satisfy their thirst, because it is a spiritual thirst. Man is a three-fold being–body, soul and spirit. We have physical thirst. We have emotional thirst for love, security and the need to be needed. Then way down, deep inside, we have a thirst for God. In Romans 8, Paul said, ‘The creature was made subject to vanity’ (Romans 8:20, KJV). God created a spiritual thirst that only He can quench. The problem is that people are trying to quench a spiritual thirst with a physical or emotional experience. It can’t be done, even as you can’t fill a physical thirst with an emotional experience” (Chuck Smith).