As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Where can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2
Anyone who has been in a desert climate for more than a few days, understands the value of water. This is especially true during the summer months. Go to the desert areas of southwestern Texas during the summer months, and the temperature will be over 100 degrees. There is usually no water to be seen for many miles.
The one in the desert will get extremely thirsty for something to drink. The mouth will be dry, and the tongue will stick to the top of the mouth. He will want something to drink and it does not matter. The endless list of possible drinks that are seen in a store will no longer matter, just something wet to drink.
When one has had lots to drink, it is easy to be picky about what to drink. In the restaurant, there are many choices, and one can be choosy then. However, in the desert, there is no time to be choosy or picky.
In life, there are many things to drink from. The world will tell you that you can drink from their celebrity status, or wealth, or fun things and will be satisfied. Think of every time you drink your favorite drink at a restaurant, how long does it quench your thirst? Only for a very short amount of time.
The only thing or one that can truly satisfy your thirst in this life, is Jesus. Jesus said that whoever drinks His water will never thirst again.
As a believer, you should be panting after God. Your mind should be focused on getting more of God. Just as the deer pants and longs for more water to drink. And as the person in the desert is panting some liquid to drink, you must be thirsty for more of God.
Make it your focus in life to drink of God. Take in what He has for you. Learn more of who He is. Desire to spend all your time with God. God will satisfy your greatest longings and desires, if you will let Him.
I pray today that you will thirst after God; that you will want God alone; that you will allow God to be your heart’s desire; and that you will know God in a personal way.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
After God had given Moses the ten commandments, Moses told the people to love the LORD their God. They were to do this with all of their heart, soul and strength. Several thousand years later, Jesus called this the greatest commandment.
It is easy for a person to say that he loves someone. People fall into and out of love with others all the time. People go around changing who they love and want to date all the time. Marriages fall apart because one of the spouses falls out of love with the other. Many also say that they love God.
However, loving with all of the heart, soul and strength takes it to a different level.
Loving God with all of your heart is placing God above everything and everyone else in this world. It is being willing to do whatever He says all the time. A divided heart ends up falling apart. You cannot love two different things with the same level of love.
Loving God with all of your soul is putting God above your own self. It is easy to put your own personal needs and desires before God’s desires. If you realize how much God loves you and wants only the best for you, then you will love Him above yourself because you know He desires the best for you. You will be willing to lay down your life for God.
Loving God with all of your strength is giving everything you have to love, obey and serve God. This is spending time with God, telling others about Jesus, serving others, and building others up. You will be willing to expend all your time, strength and energy to meet all of these needs. You will trust God will renew your strength.
How well do you really love God today?
Do you just love God?
Or do your really LOVE God with all of your heart, soul and strength?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will learn to love God with all of your heart, soul and strength; that you will rely on God’s strength to keep you going; and that you will live in God’s love and strength.