I love to run. In fact, I’ve been a runner since high school. Well, one bright sunny California Saturday, I decided I would see just how far I could run. So off I went running… five… ten… fifteen miles…
It was at the 15-mile mark that I figured it was time to head for home. One reason was because my running conditions were no longer very pleasant because the early morning sun had turned into the oppressive heat of midday.
Another reason was because I hadn’t taken any water with me. I was beginning to crave water, the essential element for life. By the time I was within a few miles of home, all I could think about was water, water, more water, lots of water! My body ached for that life-giving substance. As I staggered into my house after 21 miles, I was truly panting for water.
This kind of desire is the kind of thirst we are to have for God’s Word. Our physical body knows it cannot function without physical water. So, too, our spiritual life should realize it can’t function without the “living water” of God’s Word. The psalmist described this craving for God in this way:
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 (Psalm 42:1-2).
Do you have this kind of craving for God and His Word? Just as water is the only substance that can relieve your thirst, God’s Word is the only substance that can satisfy your spiritual thirst and ensure your spiritual growth.