Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. Amos 8:11
Have you ever wondered what makes people thirst for something? I woke up this morning and the word that popped into my mind was THIRST. I was thinking maybe it's because I have pretty bad dry mouth from a medical condition, but then I thought about it and I instantly thought of what Jesus said on the cross in John 19:28, "After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst."
It's interesting because the word thirst is only used 31 times in the King James Version of the bible. The majority of the times the word thirst is used is in the context of people thirsting for water. That's pretty obvious, since the bible is recording about people who live in a desert land. Even the verse where Jesus said, "I thirst" concerns water. As he was dehydrated hanging there on the cross, after having been flogged and having had his flesh torn to shreds.... even the Lord got thirsty.
There is one interesting verse that describes something different than thirsting for water. In Matthew 5:6 we see, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
We also see this implied when Jesus is talking to the woman at the well in John 4:14, "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."
Later we see Jesus saying the following in John 6:35, "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."
I love how we see all throughout scripture the parallels between the physical body and the spiritual. God cares about all of our needs. He loves us and desires that none perish and all come to repentance so that we can have life everlasting with Him.
It's interesting to note that if we thirst for what is right (righteousness) that God will give that to us and we will also get eternal life.
Amos reminds us that there will be a day when there will be a famine in the land for God's word. I think we are there in so many ways today. The world around us is nothing but temptation calling us away from those things God declares right. Here's an example of something I read this morning on Facebook...
A woman wrote in a Facebook group for bichons that I'm in, that she just broke up with her boyfriend because he didn't like to sleep over with her because she let her bichon sleep in bed with them. The overwhelming majority of the responses to her complaint was basically, "Good get rid of him, if he doesn't like dogs, he's not worth it". My response was,"Lol. .. In my day women got married before giving it away. ... Think about it, if you did that, the dog would stay, because there would be commitment. My heart breaks for you." - Which received virtually no response from the 123 commenters on that post, except two people who liked my comment.
My point in this is that this woman is not doing what is right in God's eyes. She's prostituting herself and having her boyfriend over for sex outside of marriage and she's then complaining that he doesn't like her dog! Just about everyone missed the REAL point!
I also found it interesting because people were commenting about how dogs give unconditional love and how she didn't need a man and I'm thinking... that woman is thirsting, but she hasn't yet found out that she needs the Lord.
My hope and prayer today is that we can all consider what we are really thirsting for. Let's pray for a thirst for righteousness and then embrace the only one in the world who is called Righteous and True.