“The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.” Isaiah 41:17
Abraham Maslow stated in his “Hierarchy of Needs” that we as humans are constantly trying to satisfy spme internal need. Typically, when we see this theory presented to us, the visual is in the form of a triangle that is divided into 5 layers. The basic or first layer is recognized as being physiological needs: food, air, sleep, breathing, clothing, and water. We need these things for basic survival.
If I recall correctly the body can go approximately 3 - 5 days without water before organs begin to shut down and fail. Water in its simplest form, hydrates every part of our internal bodies. Water is not just needed by you and I, it is essential to continuation of life for all of Gods’ creations.
The physical element, water satisfies the bodies thirst for replenishment. Yet we also thirst for the satisfaction we get from the living water, our Lord and Savior. We search from person to person, thing to thing, trying to find that one thing that will satisfy our thirst or need for inclusion and survival.
Maslow thought before we could move on to the next level of needs, that the current or previous level had to be satisfied. Although he was not speaking of the element of water, there seems to be a parallel to needing the living water. Our Lord God is able to quench the thirst of the tongue and the thirst of life for all of those who cry out to him when things are not going as we desire in our lives. We are quick to call on others for the things needed to sustain life. Forgetting that they too are searching for satisfaction in areas of their own personal, physical and spiritual lives.
What is it that you need to survive?
Are you like the people of Israel, seeking satisfaction from earthly things?