Are You Dehydrated?

Written on 12/29/2021
Christian Dunn


Verse: Psalm 42:1-2

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?

I was thinking about this verse in a different way this morning. Normally I read this in terms of worship, but today I was thinking about it in terms in dehydration. (Stick with me here.)
What are the signs of dehydration? Some signs (I had to look this up) are dizziness, dark urine, fatigue, headache, thirst, dry mouth, and more.

So when you go to the doctor in general, what do you do? You tell them your symptoms, and they try to figure out a diagnosis of the underlying issue, correct? So if you said all of the above, they'd say: dehydration.

So what happens if we are dehydrated spiritually? We might feel far from God, our prayers could feel stale, we could wrestle more often with doubts, we could struggle more seriously with sin and temptation, anxiety, depression, and so on. 

If you came to me and said all those "symptoms" I would ask you this: "are you spiritually dehydrated?" Just like we need water to live (and LOTS of it every day) we need the presence of Jesus to live. When we live our lives disconnected from God, just giving him a random thought but never really spending time with him, we start to see the consequences. We can't go through life barely drinking of the presence of God and the Word of God, and expect our spiritual lives to not be affected.

Maybe this is why David wrote these words. He panted for God like a dehydrated person pants for water. He knew that in order to truly live, he needed to be with God daily. Do we know that?

Do we live like that?

Are you living your life full of God's living water, or are you just getting by, living life spiritually dehydrated?

Show me the areas of my life where I am living disconnected from you, and draw me closer!