I’LL HAVE ANOTHER DRINK
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.
I remember a service we had in our church back in the1990′s with Marilyn Hickey. She was comparing spiritual drinking to someone who actually had a drinking problem (alcoholic). She joked about how that person had created a lifestyle of drinking. There was a bottle stashed away under the mattress at home for those middle of the night emergencies. Of course there was a bottle under the seat in the car and one stashed in the drawer at the office. There was always a drink nearby, after all, that’s how we live our lives. For those of us who have tasted the sweetness and power of the heavenly drink, we also have created a lifestyle of drinking. We drink in His presence all throughout the day, its how we survive. Just as the drunk lives off of his bottle, how much more do we live off of this incredible beverage that flows freely from The Lord. Here is Spurgeon’s take on the power and beauty of the spiritual drink.
“He who is a believer in Jesus finds enough in his Lord to satisfy him now, and to content him for evermore. The believer is not the man whose days are weary for want of comfort, and whose nights are long from absence of heart-cheering thought, for he finds in religion such a spring of joy, such a fountain of consolation, that he is content and happy. Put him in a dungeon and he will find good company; place him in a barren wilderness, he will eat the bread of heaven; drive him away from friendship, he will meet the friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Blast all his gourds, and he will find shadow beneath the Rock of Ages; sap the foundation of his earthly hopes, but his heart will still be fixed, trusting in the Lord. The heart is as insatiable as the grave till Jesus enters it, and then it is a cup full to overflowing. There is such a fulness in Christ that he alone is the believer’s all. The true saint is so completely satisfied with the all-sufficiency of Jesus that he thirsts no more-except it be for deeper draughts of the living fountain. In that sweet manner, believer, shalt thou thirst; it shall not be a thirst of pain, but of loving desire; thou wilt find it a sweet thing to be panting after a fuller enjoyment of Jesus’ love.”
Have you tasted this new wine that is available to whoever is thirsty? This drink is satisfying yet at the same time awakens an insatiable thirst in our soul. Only Christ can satisfy this longing for more in our hearts. As we learn to live off of God and create a lifestyle of spiritual drinking we soon learn that the consequences are quite different from those of worldly drinking. Alcohol can cost you your job, your family, your health, and even cost you your soul. Spiritual drinking actually improves your work, family relationships, your health, and prepares you for the joy of the life to come.