July 8 Devotional

These summer months bring a time of my year when I feel like I cannot get enough to drink.  I can remember as a boy starting to play outside with my neighborhood friends as soon as we were finished breakfast.  We would play until lunch time.  After lunch, we started all over again, and we would not come back to the house until our thirst drove us home.  I can remember getting into our refrigerator and getting the gallon jug of water (we poured out of our faucet … from our own well).  I would drink and drink and drink some more.  Eventually I would drink so much that I would start to feel nausea setting in.  I remember many days where I would lay down on the couch waiting for the nausea to pass so I could go back outside to play some more.


The psalmist must have been a little boy once too.  He wrote, “O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee in a dry and thirty land, where no water is” (Psalm 63:1).  I will tell you that God has made each of us to need Him, and Him alone!  He is the only Person Who can satisfy the deep longing that is in your soul today.  Don’t look to the world to meet this need … they will never be able to, no matter how much money, time or effort they put into it.  Trust your Heavenly Father for meeting your needs.


When I am thirsty, I search for water.  Recently I preached in a meeting for the Deaf and Hearing.  When I do that I use my voice and my hands to communicate.  I was not so concerned about my voice (because the large majority of people listening were Deaf); until I found out they were trying to capture the messages on DVD.  I then began to speak with more force so that the equipment would pick up my voice.  When I finished preaching, I wanted a drink of water.  I would have paid a high price for one cool glass of water.  I began a hectic search for one glass of water.  When I found it, my throat was satisfied.


It should be the same with my desire to know my God!  Do you desire to know what God thinks about the things you are facing?  Are you concerned that you please Him in your attitudes and actions?  If you are not … today is a great day to begin.  Remember, it is this holy God you will stand before one day, not your friends, family, or co-workers.  Don’t focus on pleasing this world, it will not satisfy.  Stand for God today wherever you go, and seek for His favor!

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