A Reality Check

Isaiah 41:17a
When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them. …

Compared to God, we’re all poor and needy, right? Dirt poor, in fact. We came from dust—the lowliest substance of all—and we’re as of-the-earth as it gets. Yet, God breathed into our lungs His breath, which makes us more spirit than flesh, more divine than animalistic, more heavenly than earthy. So, when the Scriptures speak to us in the biological terms of hungering and thirsting, they always have our spiritual need at heart. God says in Isaiah 55:2, “Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food,” and that isn’t some kosher dietary mandate: its spiritual manna. It’s what Christ means in John 4:34, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me,” and in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied,” and in John 4:14, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.” 

So today, friend, recognize your poverty of soul, and in that recognition seek the nourishing water of God’s Spirit, and in that seeking drink deeply from His bountiful life afresh.