I’m not a deer hunter, but if I were, I wouldn’t have to go any farther than my front door. Hardly a week goes by that we don’t see a few deer come up from behind our house, cross the street, and head down over the hill toward the river. Wherever it is they make their home, they eventually make their way to water.
The Bible compares the thirst of a deer to the thirst of our human souls. Psalm 42 says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” It’s a picture of intense desire and wanting. If you’ve ever been hot and thirsty for any length of time, you know the feeling. When our desire and longing for God is that strong, good things are about to happen.
The problem is that we try to satisfy our soul thirst without God. Life offers us many options—money, people, fun, busyness, games and sports, phones and devices, hobbies and hanging out—but eventually, a thirst somewhere deep in our minds and hearts keeps coming back.
One day during his travels, Jesus stopped at a well and asked a woman there to dip in the well and get him a drink of water. He told her that if she only knew who he was, the Messiah and Savior, she would be asking him for a drink of water, that is, a spiritual drink of the Water of Life that could satisfy her longing soul. To that lonely woman who was weary from carrying water day after day, Jesus made an amazing promise, (John 4:13-14) “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
The deer cross over to the river day after day. The woman had to go for water day after day. Maybe you’re searching day after day for something to satisfy the thirst in your heart for some joy, purpose and meaning, peace of mind, and strength to keep going another day.
If you are, consider Christ who knows you, who loves you, who died for you, who rose victorious over every threat and obstacle, and wants to live within your soul in his full spiritual presence. Nothing else and no one else can satisfy a dry, thirsty soul like the Son of God.
How? Simply open yourself to him by humble, trusting faith, and you’ll find him more than ready and willing to come into your heart right now.
Jesus said, (Revelation 3:20) Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.