Our Human God

“I Thirst”

Aren’t you glad that we have a God we can relate to? I mean, it’s easy to forget that Jesus Christ was 100% man all the while being 100% God. It’s the mystery of the incarnation. Because our God became man we can rest assured that He understands what we think and how we feel and what we go through on a day to day basis. I love knowing what the psalmist declares that God knows my frailties and that, “I am but dust” that He has breathed life into. The writer of Hebrews puts it like this in chapter 4 verses 15-16, 'For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Jesus can sympathize with us because He was human too. He got hungry, He got tired and as we read in the Gospel accounts Jesus became thirsty too. From the encounter with the woman at the well and from the Cross we discover the God who thirsts. In everything Jesus did He glorified the Father, even when He thirsted. The point I want to make is simple, Jesus was real, He lived life with His heart wide open and His life is the model God the Father has given us to follow. When Jesus walked on this earth He had needs just like you and me.

I read a quote yesterday that said, “Someone once said, “We glorify a water fountain by coming thirsty and drinking deeply.” This means when we are real—when we confess our sins, demonstrate our desperation, acknowledge our neediness, tell the truth about our fears and insecurities and struggles and secrets, admit that we are selfish and arrogant and controlling and self righteous and unforgiving—THAT is when we discover a Savior who came not, for the righteous, but for sinners— a Savior who graciously rescues bad and weak people who fail because bad and weak people who fail are all that there are.

Trust me, those parts of you that you are most fearful of disclosing—the parts of you that get jealous, the parts of you that are greedy, the parts of you that out for what you don’t have, the parts of you that hate, the parts of you that thirst for vengeance, the parts of you that are painfully insecure—those are the parts that will be most helpful to people if you admit them. Opening up about your struggles helps.”

We all thirst, the problem each of us must face is where do we go to satisfy that thirst? Jesus said it best in His dialog with the woman of Samira in John 4:13-14 where it says, “Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” Don’t be proud today, friend, join me in opening up our hearts and crying out loud for what our souls  thirst for. Allow God to satisfy you like only He can.

“He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!”

Psalm 103:5


Michael Osthimer





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