Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

The Badlands of S. Dakota are a barren and foreboding place, subject to extreme temperatures and lack of water. (Photo credit:

A Dry and Thirsty Land

For centuries, the Lakota people and pioneers knew to avoid crossing through the area known as “The Badlands,” which received its name due to the extreme heat, lack of water, and extremely rugged terrain.

On a recent visit, with temperatures at 104 degrees Fahrenheit beating down on me, I was thinking about the Scripture in Psalm 63:1:

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

The physical example of a dry and thirsty land where there is no water is quite obvious. However, I imagine the psalmist was referring also to being spiritually dry and thirsty and needing refreshment in his spirit.  Whether the psalmist was referring to the culture around him seeming to be void of God’s influence, or whether he was referring to his personal heart condition, is not clear.  It seems both would be relevant to us today. Our country seems to be a dry and thirsty land lacking God’s Word.  Additionally, we may find ourselves dry and thirsty in our own spirits, needing God to revive us once again.

It is good to know that the Lord promises to revive our spirits in such times.  He says, “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring…” (Isaiah 44:3)

Are you in a dry and thirsty land right now? Perhaps you feel worn out.  If so, cry out to Jesus Christ and ask Him to revive you once again. Jesus told us, “…If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).

You can receive God’s Spirit and be refreshed. He is able to take the dry and thirsty land in our hearts and make it spring forth with living water and joy once again.