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The Adams County Record of Council, Idaho

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The Pastor's Corner

When I am out deer hunting, I am always looking for spots where the deer have to come back to in order to get a drink of water. When my hydro pack sprung a leak awhile back, I was forced to conserve my water more and was mindful of having enough for my return trip. Having a new pack gives me the confidence that I can hike all day without running out of water.

The Psalmist writes, "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" (Ps. 42:1-2) We can't go very far in a day without drinking water. If we do, we get dehydrated. That is the kind of experience we have when we go too long without meeting with God. We become spiritually dry. When that happens, we begin to rely more on our own self-reliance and lack trust in God.

Do you find yourself asking the question of when can I go to meet with God? Have you carved out some space in your busy schedule to go and meet with Him? We need the Living Water to restore our weary souls. That is why faithful Christians make a priority to study the Bible with others each week with others. That is why they prioritize a time of daily devotion to God.

Even Jesus needed time to go into the mountains to pray. And when I go to pray, do I take time to listen to what God may have to say to me? Part of the joy of hunting is listening to the natural sounds around me when I am being still. Hearing the sound of a gurgling creek reminds me that God has provided a place to meet the needs of that panting deer. Shouldn't I also trust Him to meet me in my need?

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Original Publication Date: October 21, 2015

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