JESUS CAN SATISFY YOUR SPIRIT'S THIRST
Without water, we won’t remain healthy or even stay alive. And without partaking of Jesus, the Living Water, through His Word and Spirit, we won’t remain spiritually healthy, either. Nor will we live now and forever in His kingdom. Thanks be to God for offering us His Living Water, Jesus!
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
On my mom and dad’s farm, we had a shallow well that occasionally went dry. Dad would take a pickup full of 20-gallon milk cans to our neighbors, fill them from their garden hose, and bring them home. Most of the water went into the stock tank for our cows and calves. We kept two milk cans by the house for our needs: drinking, cooking, cleaning and simple bathing at the bathroom sink. We all found it inconvenient. On especially hot days, I never seemed to quench my thirst.
Water wells had great meaning in the Old Testament. Abraham’s servant found Rebekah at a well, a suitable and divinely appointed wife, for Abraham’s son, Isaac. Even Isaac’s son, Jacob, met his wife, Rachel, at a well. Much later, Moses also met his wife, Zipporah, at a well.
The most memorable meeting at a well happened in Jesus’ time. He met a woman who had been married five times and was living with a man, so she was considered a sinner. Jesus, however, saw her as someone in great need because of her emptiness and thirst for something better than the life she had. Through conversation, Jesus introduced Himself as the only One who could satisfy her spiritual thirst.
“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)
When the heat of our days becomes too much to endure, when we become parched after a long hike or bike ride or a day working in the garden or hayfield, nothing quenches our thirst like a glass of cold water. It energizes us and keeps our bodies alive. Our souls need sustaining, too. We all have needs. We may thirst because of a longing, an emptiness within our soul that makes us feel as if our problems are sucking us dry and we don’t know where to turn. In fact, we may turn to unfulfilling waters to bring satisfaction.
But there’s a better option. We can look to Jesus, our Living Water, to satisfy any need we have. Isaiah 12:3 says: “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Then we no longer have to worry about never finding satisfaction of having enough water or going to someone else for it, as my dad did.
Lord, we thank You for drawing us to Jesus, our well of Living Water that we receive through Your Word and Spirit. May each new day become like a fountain springing up into everlasting life. In Jesus’ name, amen.