Thirsty for God … by Lexi Scates

Today’s Reading – Psalms 40 – 45 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – 2 John, 3 John, JudePsalms 116 – 120Proverbs 24)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the  “0624 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Read previous posts from this morning’s reading – “Thirsty?” and “God Wants to Hear You Sing.”

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1-2)

Being thirsty and in need of a drink is a desperate feeling. Many times people say that they are “dying for water” or “just need a little bit” to quench their thirst. Many times this feeling comes after doing some hard work or going without it for too long. But in Psalm 42 we see that it is not water they desperately desire it is God. In the heat of summer it is normal to say you are thirsty or in need of some cold water after a day outside. And maybe even in the presence of a revival meeting it is easy to say that you are thirsty for God. But what about every other time? When it seems like life is going well we may not recognize God for the blessings, or when it seems like things aren’t going well we may be mad or confused by God’s decisions. However, the best place may just be in the state of constantly panting for God, reminding yourself that the best place to be is in the center of His will and being absolutely desperate for His provision. 

“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. ” (Psalm 40:1-3)

Being thirsty is being in a state of dissatisfaction or discomfort, when you are not happy with the state you are in or you have a need that is not being fulfilled. But, being dissatisfied can lead to bad decisions as well as we see in other instances in the Bible; Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery because of their jealousy, Cain murdered Abel out of spite, and Eve took the forbidden fruit because of her curiosity. Dissatisfaction leads you to look for more in the wrong places. However, by humbly submitting yourself to the obedience of God’s will and perfect plan, and panting for God rather than the things of this world your path will be established with wonderful works. 

“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (Psalm 40:5)

In John it is promised that we will never be thirsty when we drink from the water of everlasting life. The temporary moments of dissatisfaction should be outweighed by the amount of blessings and provision God has promised and provided for us. Our thirst for God should be continually quenched through following His will. 

Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)

Sara, Jeremiah, and Lexi Scates

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No Directions, Just Faith … by Lexi Scates

Today’s Passage – Judges 18 – 19 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Revelation 1 – 3;  Proverbs 26Psalms 126 – 130)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song –  Psalm 61:1 – 3

Read the “0326 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous. And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the LORD is your way wherein ye go.” (Judges 18:5-6)

In the beginning of chapter 18 it prefaces how during this time in Israel there was no king, and the tribe of the Danites were seeking a place to dwell. They were looking for success with their next steps and they wanted a clear path on how to get there. But, they had no leader, no guidance, and no sense of direction. The Danites seek the prayer and guidance of a priest, and the priest gives them an answer that is never easy to hear. To simply take the steps in your journey and the directions will come from God. I cannot count how many times I have asked God about the next steps, the game plan, and the end goal when clearly He just wants us to go… No questions asked, no map, no final destination but just go. I am a planner, I like setting goals, I like overthinking, and I like knowing where I am heading to the point where I stress immensely until I know exactly how it will go. But how easy would it be to just take the small steps of faith, and let God lead “wherein ye go”. 

“And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land. When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.” (Judges 18:9-10)

The Danites were delivered into a land that was better than anything they could have thought, created, or planned and surely better than they deserved. When we put our trust in Him and take our hands off, God will give us His better plans into our hands. Although the fear of not knowing and not having total control can be unbearable, knowing there is a God who will take complete control is a settling thought. Taking a leap of faith and letting Him lead will bring us to a place of no disappointment “a place where there is no want of anything”. Therefore having “no directions”, but faith can lead to an amazing destination.

Lexi Scates and Hannah Erickson

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