Thirsting for the Living God

 “My soul thirsted to God, the quick well/(the) well of life (My soul thirsted for God, the living well/the well of life); when shall I come, and appear before the face of God”? (Psalm 42:2 WYC)

Is this not the cry of all of us human beings? Do we not fear pain, fear death, fear being alone, fear deprivation, and fear emptiness? Do not all, in our core, have a thirst for the Living God, the well of life? Even in our darkest hour(s) do we not crave, that contact, that drink of the water of life of which He is the source? 

Even perhaps more daunting, in times of plenty, prosperity, where we can control the immediate surroundings and devise the making of our own pathway, do we not lose sight of our vulnerability? Do we not lose our way most easily when we need little or can provide some kind of “pain killer” ourselves. Ahh, the opiate of the masses is not religion, as misused as it could well be, the opiate of the masses is the pain killer that says we have the ability to supply our own needs, fulfill our own destiny, drive away our own demons, control tomorrow by careful planning out our personal self-gratification.

As difficult as is little in the midst of deprivation, how much more difficult is the lack of need in the midst of our own perceived controlled plenty. The wealthy young man in the gospels is truly between the proverbial rock & hard place. He has to give up everything he has relied on for his own security, his own safety, his own comfort for something he cannot see, touch or feel. The Spirit, the essence of the Living God who would “(supply) all his needs”.

Be not profoundly cornered by such a choice; we all have wants and needs on the physical realm that we cannot provide for ourselves due to lack of resources. We are limited by circumstances, choices, opportunities, and in some cases by evil desire and wiles of Satan. We have enough challenges with our limitations alone to make us realize we need to seek and rely on the Lord God to “supply all of our needs”. How much greater the difficulty we would face if we were more like the rich you man who had little concerns of daily life.

Overall, we are in the same boat, and yes the boat leaks. We may be at the oars, in the forward 3rd class compartment at the base of the prow, or in the luxury compartment near the base of the bridge, but it does leak. We all realize that fact at some point, perhaps when the water is up to our necks, or when the captain says “lower the life-boats”. The problem is...there are no life boats. We, none of us, get off of this cruise as living physical beings. We can try to swim, or, we can pray for the faith and listen carefully to be bid – “come…

“and he said, 'Come;' and having gone down from the boat, Peter walked upon the waters to come unto Jesus”(Matthew 14:29 YLT).  


Then it will be up to us whether to face the Grace of the Living Messiah with faith or with failure. One thing is certain, His Grace is sufficient; I’ll place my hopes on that rock.  

"My grace is all you need, because my power is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I will most happily boast about my weaknesses, so that the Messiah's power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ISV)


 Would you like the opportunity to be called out of the boat and how many steps would your faith hold you up?

Do you turn over control to the Living God rather than using your own methods to achieve a desired result?

Do you rest on "the rock of ages" rather than the stiffed neck rock of selfish ambition and self-gratification?


Submitted by AJ Gross, Calvary Chapel Valley Springs



Submitted by AJ Gross, Calvary Chapel Valley Springs



Pastor Art Phinney. Committed his life to Jesus Christ at age 27. Grew in his faith through age 33. Served the Lord in pastoral ministry in an assisting capacity from age 33-35. Attended 2 years school of ministry Costa Mesa California. 1996-1998. Began as senior pastor CCVS 1999.
 Art Gross
Art Gross ("AJ") has been in the military, worked in law enforcement, Higher Ed, and I.T. He has been an "elder" at CCVS for about two years now and serves the Lord at CCVS and in his day to day life. He is also attending the School of Pastoral Ministry while working as a Project Manager for a large financial institution.