March 30: thirsting (Judges 8; Psalm 42; 1 Corinthians 15)

We know what it is like to be thirsty. I remember hot, humid summer days, working in corn fields and getting so dehydrated that our health was at risk. I can still recall how thirsty I was. There is a thirsting even deeper than the thirst for water.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

We read of this thirsting in Judges. To quench their thirst the people created images that they could worship, thinking if they could see their god their thirsting would be satisfied. Even when the unseen God, the LORD God, empowered them to win battles and secure their homeland, their longing to worship caused them to create a god they could see. Such gods would not and could not satifsy. I think we also struggle at times, wanting something we can see and touch, thinking that’s what will satisfy. But such attempts never fully quench the thirst deep inside.

The Corinthians believed in God, but the resurrection was hard for them to accept. They could not see it. They could not know for sure. Yet, Paul was saying it is the very heart of the Christian faith. It is good news about an event that happened, an event because of which the world can never be the same again. And those who believe it, and live by it, will never be the same again. It is the source from which we can drink and receive life and never be thirsty again. Thank God!

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