by Barry Newton
Reflecting upon the idea of an insatiable thirst, perhaps the disciple’s mind jumps to the Psalmist’s longing for God as a deer pants for water. Or maybe the Christian recalls Jesus pronouncing as blessed the person who thirsts for righteousness.
There is however, another insatiable thirst, a common craving, a dark desire which can dominate and drive a person’s life.
This inescapable thirst permeates the ungodly lifestyle taking many forms. While the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “the one who loves money never has money enough” (Ecclesiastes 5:10), Paul’s description of the ungodly lifestyle being a continual lust for impurity captured yet another manifestation (Ephesians 4:19).
The face of this endless desire may change, but the heart of it remains the same because we all seek a reason to live and need security. While different people might cling to a wide variety of principles within our world to provide them with what they want, the result is the same: the need for more.
Accordingly, it should not surprise us that Paul describes this unending drive for more, which we call greed, to be idolatry (Ephesians 5:5). Organizing life around pursuing anything within this world involves chasing after the phantom promises of idolatry.
Jesus provided freedom from this endless pursuit of wanting more. Not just because a Christian’s devotion is located beyond this world, but because God promises not only to provide an identity and purpose that fulfills our need, but also to provide security. The need to keep running to obtain more has ended.
The Christian’s thirst for God and doing good should be fundamentally distinct from the ungodly craving. The pagan is seeking and trying to obtain. The disciple’s thirst emanates from an endless gratitude to God for having provided all that is needed.
This is an insatiable thirst worth having.
by Barry Newton