“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:37-39 ESV)
Everyone that Jesus draws to himself has a thirsty soul. Just like the woman at the well (John 4) God still reveals himself to hurting people today. The soul of a person that is not inhabited by God is in a dry and barren state.
When Jesus was dying on the cross, he said “I thirst” (John19:38) at that point the Creator of the universe was experiencing the dryness of every soul who has ever lived. The one who would soon send living waters would die spiritually thirsty. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus would open the floodgates of Heaven on the day of Pentecost and quench the thirst of all who would trust in him (Acts 2).
God’s desire is to be known and be experienced in the fullness of his presence. Being indwelt by His Spirit is the only thing that can satisfy a thirsty soul. God is not some dry distant theological concept for theologians to study. No, God was meant to be contemplated or gazed upon spiritually.
“The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing.” – Matthew 13:22 Net Bible
The soul must be cared for and be cultivated like a garden. When weeds or thorns (the cares of this world) begin to sprout up they threaten our spiritual growth. Distractions keep us away from the very source of our nourishment, God himself. God’s word was never meant to replace Him, but it is food for the soul that leads us to think on those things that draw us into his presence. To take proper care of our soul, we must meditate on and value the Truth. Many good things can replace the “one thing” God desires for us, and that is spending time with him.
Our times of prayer and meditation will allow us to cultivate God’s presence in our lives. As we grow more sensitive to His Spirit, we will begin to experience him in the ordinary situations of life.
Living in God’s presence comes from honoring his word and a total devotion to him. Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit can be cultivated by de-cluttering our souls of useless information and filling our minds with truth. Our emotional state is deeply affected by what we allow in our minds. A well cared for soul is a biblically saturated soul and is like a tree planted by a stream where the roots go down deep into the ground (read Psalm 1.) Spiritual fruit and peace is the result of proper soul care.