Day Four – Hydrate!

Today’s Scripture: Psalms 63:1

During a race, the body exerts a lot of energy, and continual hydration is vital. Along the course of a marathon, volunteers man water tables and hand cups of water and Gatorade to participants as they pass by. One runner said, “It’s not 26.2 miles. It’s 10 water stops!”

Hydration is more than drinking a liquid. It’s about drinking the correct liquid. One health professional expressed concern that people are substituting coffee, tea, and even alcohol for pure water. He said regular consumption of such beverages while ignoring pure water intake can lead to dehydration. There’s no substitute for the real thing, is there?

Possibly worse than drinking the wrong liquids is the lack of thirst for pure water. Physically speaking, when the body lacks thirst, it’s a signal that something is wrong—a possible bronchial tumor, injury to part of the brain, or a stroke. One doctor stated that most of the patients he sees who complain of certain maladies are merely suffering from “thirst disease.” They don’t need medication. They just need to drink more water.

Spiritual thirst is a good thing, because it means we have a healthy desire for the Lord. If we lose our spiritual thirst, it’s a sign that something is wrong in the heart. Or if we quench our thirst with something frivolous other than the purity of God’s Word, it could result in spiritual dehydration. This may be one of the reasons the Galatians were sidetracked from the truth. There’s no substitute for the real thing, is there?

David the Psalmist cried to the Lord, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Stay close to the well so you can run well.

  • On a scale of 1-10, where would you rate your spiritual thirst? What can you do to hit a perfect 10?

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