At the crack of dawn, three excitedÂ young men headed their jeep intoÂ the heart of the Sahara desert. TheyÂ were fulfilling a long-standing dream ofÂ tracking and bagging a gazelle. WhenÂ they had not returned forty-eight hoursÂ later, a rescue helicopter was dispatched.Â By noon, all hope that the hunters wouldÂ be found alive in the stifling heat andÂ parched wasteland was dwindling.
In the afternoon, a lone vehicle wasÂ sighted. After continued searching, theÂ three hunters were located four miles fromÂ the jeep. There was only one survivor, andÂ thirst had driven his weary body to theÂ point of madness. His distorted mind wasÂ mocked with the cruel image of an oasis,Â as he frantically dug with bare hands inÂ the sand to reach the water. RescuersÂ gently placed him in the helicopter andÂ began the struggle to save his life.
This manâ€™s thirst was great, but it wasÂ not the worst type of thirst. Physical thirstÂ ends with this life. Spiritual thirst can goÂ unquenched into eternity. The PsalmistÂ expressed the fundamental need of theÂ human race when he said, â€œMy soul thirstethÂ for God, for the living Godâ€ (Psalm 42:2).
Some try to satisfy this thirst forÂ God with natural beauty. Some giveÂ themselves to unending activity byÂ driving themselves in the business andÂ commercial activities of the world. SomeÂ aim for political achievements. OthersÂ make great strides in medicine, combatingÂ disease and prolonging physical life. YetÂ all the while, deep in our hearts, we senseÂ an awful void.
We form friendships and nourishÂ relationships that we hope will support usÂ through life. But, as we attend funerals,Â we find that even relationships cannotÂ fully satisfy. In fact, if God is not theÂ foundation of our purpose and desire,Â these final experiences can be emotionalÂ torture.
Behind every thought, activityÂ and enjoyment in this world, there isÂ something from which you cannot escape.Â It is something that says, â€œI am stillÂ unsatisfied.â€ There is something missing.
When the Lord Jesus was on the crossÂ He experienced the agony of thirst as noÂ one else has. His physical thirst becameÂ symbolic of our spiritual thirst. His deathÂ is the only means of alleviating this thirst.Â Jesus said to the woman at Sycharâ€™s well,Â â€œWhosoever drinketh of the water that I shallÂ give him shall never thirstâ€ (John 4:14).Â The Lord Jesus Christ alone can satisfyÂ the thirst and the cravings of the humanÂ heart, so that we can exclaim, â€œIn God,Â my soul is satisfied!â€
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