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Dangerously Thirsty

Da mihi bibere by Salvador Dali

When we are dangerously thirsty, we are vulnerable to any number of soul numbing temptations.

For what do we/I thirst?

  • Fame
  • Recognition
  • Status
  • Success
  • Significance
  • Respect

What stimulates thirst?

  • Fear
  • Lonelinesss
  • Anger
  • Opposition/Failure
  • Fatigue

Where do I go or what do I do when nothing quenches my thirst?

  • Bury myself in work
  • Distract myself with television/movies/internet/books
  • Exhaust myself with exercise
  • Stimulate myself with any number of adrenalin inducing activities
  • Feel good about myself by helping others
  • Forget about myself by sleeping
  • Others—beauty, friendships, music, worship activity

Rembrandt's woman at the well

Jesus said that our thirst can be quenched:

  • “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. . . Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” John 7:37.
  • “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst John” 6:35.

Other thoughts

  • “Where freedom is near, the chains begin to hurt.”  Jurgen Moltmann
  • “When we unashamedly preach true, holy and God honoring pleasure, the sordidness of sin, the foolishness of spiritual rebellion and the agony of addictions become shockingly apparent.” Gary Thomas
  • “Hope in God for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 42

Question: How or why do we allow ourselves to get so thirsty that we are willing to drink poisoned water to quench our thirst?”

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