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“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…” (Isaiah 55:1)
The Holy Spirit spoke by the mouth of the prophet to invite everyone who is thirsty to come to the waters. Then, He used the Lord Jesus Himself, on the last day of the feast to say:
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” (John 7:37)
We clearly see the Almighty’s strong concern about quenching the thirst of the thirsty ones.
The devil comes against them with doubts and all kinds of accusations for he knows that when someone drinks from the Water of Life, they become a spring of Life and are equipped with the full armour of God to overcome every evil in this world.
So, every time the thirsty ones start to seek the Holy Spirit, the devil will try to annoy them by bringing worries, fears, doubts, etc. But, when we have the Holy Spirit, we can discern what comes from God and what comes from hell. So, what you must do to overcome this is: persevere, keep seeking and you’ll receive.
Thirst and hunger are needs of the body, but Jesus uses these day-to-day situations to guide us on how we should seek the Holy Spirit. The thirst He is talking about is the one of the soul. David said: “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You” (Psalm 63:1).
The thirst that God wants to quench is the one of the soul, which seeks to find pleasure in the things of this world e.g. alcohol, drugs, partying, prostitution, etc., but after a while the thirst returns and the soul is empty again. What the soul really thirsts for is the Presence of God. Many are not interested. That’s because they haven’t yet been touched by God. In the day Jesus made an appeal to those who were thirsty, not everyone came to Him. However, the thirsty ones are touched by God and that’s why they keep digging till they find the Water.
The devil can bring a million reasons to discourage you from receiving the Holy Spirit, but the thirst you have for Him is a sign from God to you. Even if you didn’t drink yet.
The proud are not thirsty. The humble, even though they are still sinners, recognise they have a need for God and repentance, so the Holy Spirit comes on them because it is He who puts the thirst within them, as Jesus says, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent (proud) and have revealed them to babes (humble)” (Matthew 1:25).
Bishop Randal Brito