Quenching Your Thirst
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:11-14 CSB)
One of the great lies we believe is that we can find true satisfaction in something other than Jesus. If we are being honest, all of us have tried. Whether it’s by making another unnecessary purchase, or through the pursuit of some other temporary pleasure, we are prone to turn away from Jesus and seek fulfillment in something else. It never works.
God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah and said this about His people, “For my people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns from themselves – cracked cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jeremiah 2:13). The evil that they had done was turning their backs on God and looking to other sources to satisfy their thirst, only to discover that they were empty and futile.
In His encounter with the Samaritan woman, Jesus met someone who was there to satisfy her physical thirst. She had come to draw water from the well. But whether she realized it or not, she had a much deeper thirst that needed to be satisfied as well. And to this point, she hadn’t been successful. No relationship other than one with God through faith in Jesus could give her was she was truly seeking.
So Jesus invited her to receive the “living water” that He had to offer. To drink from this kind of water meant that she would never be thirsty again. She didn’t quite understand what He was talking about. From where would Jesus get this living water? He didn’t even have a bucket to draw water from the well where they were standing.
But Jesus wasn’t talking about physical thirst and water. He was talking about the spiritual thirst that can only be satisfied in Him through the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jesus said, “But whoever drinks of the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (v.14).
Later in the book of John, Jesus spoke again of the Holy Spirit, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scriptures has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him” (John 7:37-38). It is only through the Spirit’s work in our hearts that we can truly find lasting satisfaction and joy. When we look to anyone or anything other than Jesus, we will find ourselves still thirsting for more. Through Jesus however, we can find eternal satisfaction.
Saint Augustine once said, “It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver.” God is inviting each of us to drink from the streams of living water that only He can give. Nothing else will quench our thirst. Only in Jesus can we truly be satisfied.
* Originally posted at www.kingdomdrivendaily.com. Used with permission.