…and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of the spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4).
Just as He provided bread for the children of Israel in the wilderness, Moses’ unseen Friend was their source of water as well. The water that came from the rock is an awesome picture of the only drink that will satisfy a thirsty soul. We need to drink of the Lord’s presence every day, drinking in His living waters.
Recently, I was speaking to a pastor friend about chronic dehydration. He said that 80% of all Americans are dehydrated. While those figures can be questioned, dehydration is real and can cause severe medical problems. The symptoms that result from natural dehydration, parallel spiritual symptoms that result in spiritual problems that come from a lack of spiritual water. A dry mouth is the first symptom of dehydration. Some Christians have dry mouths. All they talk about are the things of the world, things that don’t edify. They never talk about the things of God. Their mouths are full of dryness. Constipation is the second symptom of dehydration. If you don’t have enough water in your system, your body can become constipated. This is even true for little babies. They can become dehydrated and experience a lot of pain and discomfort. In the same way, spiritually dehydrated people have difficulty expelling the waste in their lives. They are constipated with the things of this world.
Exhaustion is a third symptom of dehydration. People who don’t drink enough of the living water can feel tired all the time. They may think they have no time for the things of God, such as church on Sunday night and Wednesday night. Too tired to go to a home group or to Bible school, they may not even have enough energy to share the gospel or to pray and seek the Lord.
The absence of tears is another symptom of dehydration. In spiritual dehydration, the things of God don’t affect you emotionally. Lack of elasticity is the fifth symptom of dehydration. The body starts to age and doesn’t repair quickly. Spiritually, this means that a person gets bent out of shape and easily offended. This is a sure sign of someone who is not drinking deeply of the fountain of living water.
One of the most interesting characteristics of dehydration is that people often mistake their thirst for hunger pains, and they think they need to eat. According to the article, if people drank a lot of water before going to sleep at night, they wouldn’t wake up feeling hungry. How many people do you know who think they need more teaching when what they really need is a drink from the well of life?
There are some interesting parallels in this illustration and some good spiritual lessons to be learned. I don’t want to become spiritually constipated, nor do I want to become tired or emotionally insensitive to the things of God. I don’t want to become cranky and carry around offenses everywhere I go. And, believe me, offenses will come. Instead, I want to be thirsty, and I want to drink of the presence of the Lord.