The last few weeks have been hot! Really hot! You go outside, and it just feels oppressive. If you have any outdoor work activity, you must be incredi-bly careful to hydrate, or you might injure yourself or get seriously dehydrated.
When we are faced with summer weather like this, we usually plan. We stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. We make sure we are eating and drinking enough. We check on others. We make sure we don’t overdo it. If we fail to do those things, we court real trouble for ourselves.
As I was reflecting on the weather (I am no fan of extremes – really hot and really cold are not my thing!), I realized that it might be helpful to think of our spiritual lives in an environmental way. Sometimes we get too cold. We also forget to nurture our personal faith, leaving us spiritually hungry and thirsty.
In Psalm 63, David writes these words:
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I’m sure we can all relate to the sense of thirst and fainting expressed in this psalm!
What are we to do when we feel this way? We are to go to God to find our thirst quenched and our spirit restored. We go to God in prayer, in worship, and we seek to know him in his Word. If you feel like your spiritual life is dry, perhaps it is time to intentionally spend more time in prayer, to make worship an unchangeable appointment on your calendar, to purposely study the scriptures. Doing these things will cause you to resonate with these words of David, also from Psalm 63:
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night
May the Lord quench your spiritual thirst, satisfy your hunger, and grant you great joy and peace in the days ahead!