Thirst: Is There More? – Day 1

Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Thirst: Is There More?”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Lari Buckhart will be assisting as well with guest commentary.

Verses

Psalm 63:1 – 8 “1 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.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.”
1 John 4:7-12 “7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”

Devotional

Has the thought ever crossed your mind, “There must be more to a relationship with God than this”? Is life and its challenges often overwhelming? Do you ever feel like a failure? Hurting? Discouraged? All alone? Well, you’re not alone. Many people at the grocery store, in your neighborhood, or in church sitting next to you look like they have it all together, but inside most are challenged by many of the same things you are. Listen to what some have shared is happening on the inside:
“Sometimes I am afraid. Really afraid. There is an inner lining of fear that clings to my soul. I wake up feeling afraid, feeling like I have to figure everything out and not knowing how and afraid of what will happen if I don’t. I want to conquer this fear.”
“I feel hopeless. I can’t see how things are ever going to work out or how I am ever going to overcome my weaknesses.”
“I call myself a Christian and yet I barely pray. Even though I have a very strong biblical background, I hardly ever open my Bible during the week anymore.”
“I want to feel different. I want to conquer my unbelief.”
“If I were to describe my day-to-day life and feelings, I would have to say that I am in constant turmoil.”
Can you relate? David finds himself in the midst of a desert, yet he knows the source of love and true life and unlimited refreshment (Psalm 63). God wants us to know how to love like this (1 John 4:7-12).
Apart from God we aren’t capable of anything, especially truly loving anyone, let alone loving God. Have you come to the end of yourself? Do you feel like you can’t “arrive”? This is a good place to be. The awesome news, though, is that we are able to have an intimate, one-on-one, love relationship with God. How is this possible? David says that he hungers and thirsts and yearns after God.The place of “I can’t” is a great place to be. Because then we will stop trying and depend on God, who is teh only one who can get us there.
Ask God to help you. Depend upon His grace and allow His Word to penetrate your heart. Confess any doubt you have in His ability to change your heart.

Commentary

Wesley Wood
I actually covered the true definition of love in another article (with video). You may think that people can live without knowing God and still love. Yet, that is impossible. God is love. His love is perfect and we can only strive to love like He does. 1 Corinthians 13 explains exactly what love is and it is a bit eye opening. I have met a lot of people who love like the world defines it but not how God does.
Lari Burkhart
I’m a doer. I like to stay busy and I always seem to have a list of 15 things I need to get done on any given day. I over-extend myself to the point that my walk with God is usually what takes a backseat. I’ll tell myself that I can just double up on tomorrow’s reading or that praying while I’m in the car is just as effective. The problem is, while I’m busy multi-tasking, He can hear me but I usually can’t hear Him.
It’s easy to get lost in that cycle and feel like we’ll never be as close to God as we used to be. We can make a million excuses about what’s going on around us and how it’s out of our hands. The reality is that everything we do is a choice. Eventually, we all have to make the decision to actually sit down and open our Bible instead of turning on the TV or starting up a game. Until that happens, we can expect to feel dissatisfied by our relationship with God and frustrated with our lack of growth. We’re never going to find God unless we actually start looking.
“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.”

 

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Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

2 Comments

  1. Joe Morgan on January 5, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I’ve been in a difficult place, especially the last few months. Everyone in my support group at church has kind of split and gone their own way. This has prompted my brother and I to leave the church I’ve attended the last 7 years and begin searching.

    Over the course of the searching, many of my Sunday mornings have turned into “sleep-in and do our own Bible study” type deals, but more often than not we end up just sleeping in.

    With a new year, though, there has been a renewing. We’ve found a church we’re attending now and trying to plug into. The preacher there this morning was speaking of new beginnings, and it’s prompted me to finally crack the hardened shell I’ve put on my relationship with God and dig back into the Word.

    This lesson was an excellent place for me to start. God is love, and He teaches us to love. Even when we’re not capable, God is there.

    I agree with the commentary both Wesley and Lari have shared, but what Lari said especially strikes home with me. I typically get home from work, get some exercise, then turn on video games or Netflix until I crash. That has to stop. My relationship with God has to come first.

    Thank you both for the devotional and your commentary regarding it. I’m looking forward to digging further as the days progress.

  2. Michael M. on January 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Good stuff, thanks for sharing 🙂

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