Hot, Dry, Thirsty

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Those three words seem to describe the dog days of summer don’t they? What do you do to satisfy the thirst of summer?

Hot:

burning, scorching, boiling, blistering, searing, heated, scalding, fiery

What would happen if when we feel “hot” under the collar if we remember God’s Word that says, Romans 12:17-19 “17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”

We all have seasons in our life where we find ourselves passionate about something that makes us livid, or “hot” under the collar. My question is how are we to quench such a hot time in life? Sometimes we try to do this by having heated, burning, even scorching arguments with those who see things differently.

Remember; Matthew 5:9 “9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Dry:

parched, dehydrated, gasping, waterless, uninteresting, dull, boring, tedious

Luke 8:4-6 “When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled underfoot and the birds of the air ate it up. “Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.”

Spiritual dryness is a real danger. There are times we feel bored and give in to the temptation to just wither on the vine. We have not watered our soul with God’s love and then when we try and do something for God it just dries up and withers away. We ask “why “and the answer is “lack of water” for anything living will die without loving care.

Thirsty:

craving, desiring, eager, keen, hungry, yearning, longing, voracious

John 4:7-14  7 There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She *said to Him, “[b]Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

What do you thirst for today? What longing do you have in your life? Sometimes what we really thirst for can be hidden by life. Life gives us pain and suffering and feelings of abandonment or isolation yet when we think about it the deepest longing we truly have is connection, with God. The Samaritan woman probably thought that if only the women and people of her town would be accepting of her life would be so much better. Jesus pointed out that the true thirst in her life was for God and He alone could quench that thirst.