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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Dying of Thirst

Today’s Verse:

And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? ~Judges 15:18


Have you ever been at a place in life where you were literally dying of thirst? I mean, where you have not had any water to drink for a very long, extended period of time. You feel dried up on the inside, your mouth and throat are very dry, your lips are parched, and the effects of dehydration have made you fatigued, delirious, and feeling like you are going to die. Samson asked, “And now shall I die for thirst?” Spiritually, can you tell when you are at a place in life where you are “dying for thirst”?

We see the exertion.

“And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.” Samson attained a great and miraculous victory over the Philistines. It was Samson vs. 1,000 Philistines! When the odds are against you 1000 to 1, humanly, you have lost. The only weapon Samson could find was a new jawbone of a decayed donkey. He took that jawbone in his hand and, with it, killed 1,000 Philistines. God gave him the victory! He still had to contend and fight, but he was victorious. There was an incredible amount of exertion on his part to defeat that large number of the enemy. Samson made a great exertion and, with it, he was greatly exhausted.

We see the exasperation.

After this great victory, Samson was sore athirst. With the battle behind him, he was physically depleted and very thirsty. He was very far away from any water source to drink from. The sun was hot and the climate very arid. Not only was he dying for thirst, but if he did not get water soon, he would actually die of thirst. He was desperate and anxious. He was exasperated for his wellness and safety. Do you know your spiritual life well enough to know when your soul is dying for thirst? Dying for thirst is when we realize that our soul is dried up from a lack of spiritual water.

We see the extreme.

Samson prayed out loud to God for help. He took credit for the victory and, in the process, realized that he was weak and in need of water. God has to put us in extreme situations to help us realize that, spiritually, we are dry, thirsty, and in need of spiritual water to help us. Samson prayed with urgency. He acknowledged his victory over the Philistines but told the Lord of his plight. He was in distress. He was afraid that his weakened condition had left him vulnerable to attack. In essence, he asked, “Will you let me die of thirst?”

We see the extraordinary.

“But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.” God answered Samson’s prayer. God did the extraordinary! Only God could solve Samson’s problem! Only God could cleave a hollow place that was in the jaw so that water could be provided. God made a way for the water to get to Samson. Samson drank until his thirst was quenched, his spirit came again, and he revived. True revival comes from God! True revival sends the water from above into our souls and satisfies our thirst. Like Samson, cry out for God to visit you with the water that satisfies.

Have thirst-quenching God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: Psalms 140-145

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