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Care for a Drink?

Care for a Drink?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.  (Matthew 5:6)

Have I ever really been hungry or thirsty for anything?  Many times I have said, “I am hungry” or “I am thirsty”.  Sometimes, I have even claimed to be starving or dying of thirst — but not really.  On those occasions, I was just a little bit hungrier and more thirsty than usual.

Of course there are people, lots and lots of people, who experience extreme hunger and desperate thirst.  Although I have never seen it myself, I know from TV and other reports that many people die in famines and droughts.  They literally die of hunger and thirst.  Nothing I have ever experienced comes close to that kind of desperation.

But what about hunger and thirst for righteousness?  I wonder if my hunger and thirst for righteousness has anything in common with what Jesus was talking about?  Maybe the hunger and thirst I experience is as dissimilar to what Jesus meant, as my experience of physical hunger and thirst is, to what people experience in famine and drought.

Sometimes I think my longing for God, my desire to please him, my hunger to be in close relationship with him, is really something.  I feel it passionately at times.  But then, I will encounter someone else whose longing, desire, hunger and thirst, makes mine pale in comparison.  I know from experience that it is not usually helpful to make comparisons, but I think, on occasion, it’s good to take stock of where I am and, from time to time, the Holy Spirit will use others to help me see what’s really going on, in and around me.

One thing is certain, I know there is more, more hunger, more thirst, more desire, more longing — and I know I need more.

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, ‘If any one thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, “Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7:37-38)

This verse refers to the Holy Spirit and speaks of “rivers” of living water.  This sounds like lots and lots of rapidly moving water.  I think Jesus was talking about more than just a trickle.

He will drink from the brook by the wayside.  Therefore he will lift up his head.  (Psalm 110:6)

high falls dupont forest workingThe word for brook in this verse means “torrent”.

Is it possible, Jesus intends for torrential rivers to flow out of our hearts?

If so, why would I be satisfied with a trickle?

Maybe it’s because that’s all I want.

Perhaps, if I desire I torrent, he will give me a torrent?


Photos compliments of Jim Begley 


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