“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,John 4:13-14
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.”
We’ve all had that moment: the hike that was longer than anticipated, the workout that was more than we bargained for, the family picnic was perfect except for the forgotten water jug. The moment when it seems like the only thing we can think about is a cold glass of water and when we get it, it feels so triumphant that there might as well be angels singing and confetti poppers exploding all around us.
Maybe you’re like me and you’ve had times of feeling spiritually “dehydrated”. What you reached for to “quench your thirst” leaves you needing to come back again and again and again. The big purchase soon became mundane, the trip you planned came and went, the relationship fizzled, the new hobby lost steam, the workouts weren’t sustainable. We expect these plans, relationships and experiences to withstand the test of time when, in reality, no matter how long they do last, they always leave us longing for something greater.
In John 4, Jesus promises to be our SATISFIER. He promises that He is our only chance to “never thirst” again in this life or for all of eternity. Maybe this is hard for us to accept because we’ve felt temporarily satisfied by things of this world before. We’ve convinced ourselves that we have everything we need in our spouse, our children, our career, our church or our calling. The world is constantly telling us what the next-best-thing is that’s sure to take us where we want to be. We get our temporary fix and move on to the next thing, not realizing that we will eventually be back at square one. Jesus doesn’t want that life for us. He doesn’t want us to feel empty, unmotivated or without purpose. He wants us to be WHOLE. And He takes the guess work out of the equation in John 4 when He promises that the “water” He gives us will create a well inside of us that will never run dry. Will we give up our material and temporary comforts in order to let the God of all creation complete us?