“For He satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry He fills with good things.” Psalm 107:9
Do you know the Joneses?
They’re your neighbors. Your friends. Your acquaintances. You know, the ones who seem to have everything you want?
I’ve met the Joneses before. We go way back. In elementary school, when they were playing video games on the Atari, I talked my grandparents into buying us one. In middle school, when they bought Espirit bags, I asked my mom to buy one for me and she did. In high school, when they wore Guess jeans, I begged my mom to get some for me (well, she didn’t that time).
Nowadays there’s this thing called Facebook where we can see what the Joneses are up to. I find myself really longing to have what some of them have: nice vacations, newly decorated homes, new furniture, new cars, along with many other things. Social media makes it very easy to get sucked into keeping up with the Joneses!
We get so wrapped up in having “stuff” because we feel like it will bring us happiness. We feel like we have to have those things in order be satisfied in life. But later when we realize that our satisfaction is not met with material things, we begin to wonder what exactly will allow us to find true satisfaction.
And that my friends can only be found in one person…Jesus Christ. I pray with my whole heart that others would want the same thing as I have…a relationship with Jesus. As I scroll through social media, I see some things that make my heart hurt…things that make me sad…things that make me wonder how anyone gets through life without knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior. I want everyone to have the desire to know Jesus…to thirst and hunger to know Him deeper.
In the Psalms verse above, we see that God promises to satisfy us. That satisfaction comes for those who are thirsty. And no, I’m not talking about the thirst you have when you need something to drink. The satisfaction with God comes with a thirst for Him.
What does thirsting for God look like?
Someone who thirsts for God desires to know Him. And the best way a person can know God is by reading His Word. They thirst for Him so much that they dive head first into His sea of love for us. In those pages, they are splashed with His grace, His forgiveness, His compassion, His mercy, and all the many promises of Him.
A person who thirsts for God seeks Him by serving others. If we look in the Scriptures, we will find story after story of how Jesus came into this world as a servant. “Just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28. Jesus put others before Himself. He sought out people and wanted to serve them. We must do the same. We must follow His example.
A person who thirsts for God spends time with Him daily. Relationships are work. They must be nurtured. A person can’t just can’t accept Jesus as their Savior and then not spend time with Him. They need to have those daily quiet times where they focus on nothing but Him. This involves spending a majority of time on their knees. They seek God through prayer…a constant communication with Him. This does not just involve someone talking to God, but they also must listen for His voice and His direction.
Do you want to have satisfaction in this life?
It will not come in being a collector of things or by acquiring what the Joneses have.
It will come only in having a thirst for the God who loves you. Seek Him. Spend time with Him. I promise that you will be truly satisfied when you walk closely with Him.
As the verse from the song “Saved” by Selah says,