Are you thirsty?

Exodus 17:1-7

The children of Israel had recently been delivered from the oppression of the Egyptians. They had seen the power of God at the Red Sea. They had seen the bitter waters of Marah made sweet for drinking. They had been filled with manna and quail from heaven when they were hungry. They had only been on their journey for a month; yet with all of these examples of Godís power to supply every need, they still lacked faith in Him. But before we shake our heads in disbelief at their lack of faith, letís consider our own lack of faith.

Here at Rephidim there was no water and the people thirsted. They began to question, "Where is God?" Was God there? Certainly God was there, but the people could not get their eyes off of their problem long enough to see Him. God will lead us to the water if we will follow Him.

How far have we traveled from Rephidim? This is more than a question of geography; it is a question of spiritual growth. How far have we advanced spiritually?

All too often we seem to be still at Rephidim. We are still very thirsty. We still doubt the presence of God, which we all have the tendency to do when we want something and cannot seem to get it. Rephidim is just where we are when we are destitute and need a spiritual drink from the river of God. What are some spiritual lessons we can learn from Rephidim?

I. GOD ALLOWS US TO THIRST (v.1)

II. GOD ALONE CAN QUENCH OUR THIRST (v.2-4)

III. GOD QUENCHES OUR THIRST IN HIS WAY (v. 5-6)

IV. GOD WILL NOT FORCE US TO DRINK (v.7)

Have you ever felt the need of spiritual water? There is a thirst of soul which needs immediate attention. David thirsted for God. Earthly things cannot appease this thirst. If you have never accepted Christ as your Savior, I invite you to come this morning and receive eternal life.

To those who are saved, realize that the life of the soul cannot be sustained without the water of the Holy Spirit. It is absolutely essential. We are dependent upon heaven for it. No human creature can supply it. It flows clear as crystal from the throne of God and the Lamb. It is beyond price, and yet is free. It is refreshing to the weary soul. Do you need to come and ask God to fill you with the precious Holy Spirit? Come today!