“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life’” (John 4:13-14, NKJV).
Just as our bodies thirst for water, so do our spirits. Our bodies thirst for physical water. Our spirits thirst for the living waters of the Holy Spirit.
A glass of cold water on a sweaty summer day refreshes us in a way that speaks to us of eternal realities. How so? Well, think about this. Very soon, we will be needing another glass of water to quench our bodily need for hydration. If we don’t get that next glass of water, what happens? Dehydration begins to set in, with all of its uncomfortable symptoms. We get dizzy, lightheaded, irritable. Our head begins to ache. If it gets too bad, we feel like our physical weakness could soon cause us to collapse.
Severe dehydration is a picture of what it’s like to exist without God. We see the ultimate picture of this in Jesus’ story about the egotistical rich man (also referenced yesterday here on the blog): “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame’” (Luke 16:24, NKJV).
This man had lived his earthly life entirely for his own selfish pursuits. He had never satiated his spirit’s thirst with the living waters that Jesus provides. He had instead bought the lie that physical comforts, pleasures, and luxuries could bring the satisfaction his soul craved. Tragically, he found, at the end of his life, that his spiritual dehydration had shriveled him away into torment. He had died, and it was too late. How he longed for even just one drop of cool water to assuage his terrible thirst!
What a relief that we don’t have to ever go there! Jesus said something of profound significance about this in His words to the Samaritan woman. “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.” What did He mean? He was telling us that the very core of us has a God-given craving that only the presence of Holy Spirit within us will fill. When we drink of Him, we finally find what our spirits long for. This satisfaction of our deepest heart cry is enduring, springing up to everlasting life!
Can you think of time in your life when you experienced severe thirst? Maybe when you came indoors panting and sweating after exercise under a blistering sun? You know, a cup of hot chocolate would simply not have done it for you then. Only a big glass of crystal clear water gulped down your eager, thirsty throat could bring the relief needed.
Just like that, nothing but the presence of the Spirit will slake the deepest needs of your spirit. But when you find Him…! When you find Him, you discover that you really have found everything you were created for. Let us respond to His invitation today!
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘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, NKJV).
Why do we humans so easily fall into the trap of trying to quench our spiritual thirst with what cannot satisfy?