Maybe you’ve worked in the sun all day, maybe you’ve had a hard run or workout, or you’ve simply been busy all day and away from a source.
In either case, very few things are better than a long drink of fresh, cool water.
Having a deep thirst deeply quenched is a great experience.
Truth is, all of us are thirsty. We are actually created to hunger and thirst…not only for water, but even more importantly, for God!
The problem is that we often try to ‘quench our thirst’ with other things.
Jesus had an interaction with a woman about this…
“So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “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.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 14: 5-15)
Jesus knew that this woman was ‘thirsty’, for more than simply literal ‘water’. She had a longing deep within for Living Water–water that would satisfy her spiritual thirst. He also knew that HE was The Source of that Living Water.
For her part, the woman was not ‘getting’ Jesus’ point.
He needed to help her identify her need…her thirst.
“He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” (John 14:16-26)
Jesus knew her need…but she either had never identified it, or had mis-identified it as a need for ‘the right man’. She had been through 5 husbands already, and was now living with another. Clearly, she was looking in the wrong place to have her need met!
Jesus wanted to meet that need–but not in a temporary way.
He wanted to help her see that her thirst was not for a man…her thirst was for Living Water–the kind that would soothe her soul’s desires. The kind that would never fail, never leave, never quit, and never run dry.
She needed Jesus…but first she had to identify her own thirst!
In our culture, we do the same thing.
We mis-identify our thirst for ‘stuff’ of this world…relationships, experiences, things…
These simply cannot satisfy our real thirst.
Like this woman, WE need to identify this fact: We are Thirsty!
We desire something that can really satisfy us and quench our thirst.
That ‘thirst’ was put there by God…it is to bring us to Himself!
Only Jesus–the source of Living Water–can quench it.
HE is our only hope of real satisfaction. HE is our only source of real Living Water–He is the key to all of it!
For some of us, we’re still going to other people, things, and experiences and have never gone–for real–to Jesus.
Others have gone to Jesus in the past, but have stopped ‘drinking’ Him in, letting Him fill us and quench our thirst.
We need a drink of Living Water!
Unlike a literal drink, Jesus–our Source of this water–really does satisfy us…for good!
Are you thirsty?