Recently I had a phone conversation with a young woman. She was feeling dissatisfied with her situation, so we talked about how God prepares us for something new by allowing us to experience a holy discontentment. We talked about spiritual thirst that is from Him and is used by Him to cause us to come after Him. As we’re thirsty, we have to be careful that we don’t blame any particular source for not supplying what we need. Instead, we need to seek God for what He is causing us to come after. He may simply want our fellowship. He also may want us to follow His leading into a new place, a new anointing, a new calling.
After the phone call I remembered a day I was walking through the woods behind my parents’ house. I was a teenager and I was seeking God. On one of the trails, I turned a corner and saw a deer standing just feet away. It reminded me of the scripture and the song, “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs for You.”
In a recent church service, Jerry sensed the Holy Spirit was lingering. He wanted us to wait on Him. A couple of people spoke from their hearts, and God had His way. In prayer, I told God how thirsty I was for the manifestation of His glory, again, recalling my “deer” experience. We weren’t rushing God. We weren’t sure what would happen next. Then Jonathan, the worship leader, begins to sing that old song that was so special to me (a different song from the one in this post). “As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after Thee. You alone are my heart’s desire, and I long to worship Thee…” I know the Holy Spirit was behind the inspiration for Jonathan to sing this song at that moment. I know that God was letting me know He saw my thirst for Him, and that He was my satisfaction and would continue to bless us with His Presence at Freedom House.
When you become desperately thirsty, it’s more than a desire for a drink; it becomes a requirement for living. We’re thirsty for the presence of God. We long for the Holy Spirit to have room to move in our lives and our services. We are in an passionate, relentless pursuit for the Lord. We want God to speak and to act. We want people to step out and flow in the gifts of the Spirit. We want miracles, not just for ourselves, but for His pleasure and for those who need to know Him. God would not give us the desire for Him and not satisfy that desire. When I’m thirsty, I can get a drink. When I’m hungry, I can eat. When I’m tired, I can lay down and rest. And then I am satisfied. The appetite is a mechanism God placed within us to cause us to get what we need for living. The desire for His Presence is also a spiritual function God designed to cause us to seek Him to know His life and to experience what it is to be at home in the Presence of our Father. Even if we try to quench that longing with other things or other people, we find that God is the only One who is able to fill that longing. He completely completes us. He satisfies.
Check it out: Luke 11:9-13
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread[d] from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”