Every day we are faced with deep inner thirsts, the thirst for unconditional love and intimacy, the thirst for significance, the thirst for security. Every day we choose to quench these thirsts in a multitude of ways. Often we choose to drink from the cups of this world which seem to satisfy for a moment but leave us wanting and often with a deeper sense of emptiness. Because we are trying to fill a need with something that does not have the capacity to fully satisfy it. There is only one thing that can satisfy the deep inner needs of the human heart, JESUS!
“… whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13)
In Exodus Chapter 15, the people of God are standing on the other side of the Red Sea where God defeated all their enemies and gave them new identities. Their OLD LIFE was swallowed up and now they were taking the first steps into their NEW LIFE. Moses leads the people from their place of triumph into the unknown and wonder of their NEW LIFE. They traveled for three days without finding water and became THIRSTY! Immediately they found themselves in need. Their lives were quickly in the balance and they had no way to resolve the issue. They were vulnerable. THIRSTY! They came upon Marah but could not drink its water because it was bitter. The crisis begins to escalate. The people begin to grumble against Moses and cry out, “What are we to drink”. Without hesitation Moses takes his needs and the needs of the people straight to throne of Grace, straight to God. No slick strategies, no trying in his own strength, just raw dependence upon God. This is first and one of the most important fundamentals of Living in NEW LIFE. God quenches our thirst through dependence upon Him. No matter the need, the THIRST whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual God instructs us out of His great love to run to him with it. Bring it before Him and ask Him for help. He invites us to bring every need in every season to Him first. No matter how big or how small, God quenches our thirst.
As the people of Israel depended on God and trusted Him at His word “they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water” (Exodus 15:27). God deeply satisfied their inner thirst.