Bad Water

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

A number of years ago I was hiking with my Boy Scout troop. Three times on one afternoon the streams we had relied on to supply us with fresh water were bone dry. Twenty of us had run out of water and were getting desperate. My Scoutmaster noticed Jason up ahead with a canteen in his hand, emptying out the water he had remaining! Two dozen of us were extremely thirsty and one other Scout was pouring out fresh water onto the ground. His excuse? He didn’t like how it tasted.

I can glean two lessons from that occasion (probably several dozen more if I had space).

Thirst. We all thirst. And at times we all thirst for God. We have dry spells and times when the Living Water is flowing freely. Thirsting for God is a good thing, a great thing even. It shows us our need for God.

Secondly, I often find myself like Jason. Sure, I thirst on occasion for God, but sometimes what I hear from God isn’t all that inviting to me. I want a “do over.” So I pour out the water he’s given, hoping for water that’s more palatable.

A very small of this could be reading yesterday or next week’s devotional because today’s didn’t fit right.

Here’s a related challenge. Read one full chapter from the Book of Proverbs each day and do make it a point to do one thing from it specifically.

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