Plants shriveled, grasses browned and trees went dormant. Fields turned to dust, streams and wells dried up, and creation suffered. And everyone wondered when would the drought end—the worst recorded in over seventy years.
Everywhere, people sipped from water bottles. Everywhere, thirsty people. And I thought about a different thirst afflicting many. King David wrote of it: “You are my God. I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you. My whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” (Ps 63:1 NLT)
God placed in our hearts and souls a yearning for Him—a desire to draw closer to the Creator of the universe. Perhaps you’ve experienced a deep, unexplainable longing, a hunger for something more. Yet, you’re not sure how to quench this thirst so you go shopping, eat a package of Oreos, join a health club, text all your friends, spend hours Facebooking. Or, perhaps you have a few beers and maybe have several more. But the thirst, that restless yearning, remains. We’ve all been there. We don’t want the pain, longing, and loneliness, so we listen to the claims for fulfillment and happiness. We’re deceived into thinking the world’s “waters” can quench our thirsts.
Jesus warned that people soon become thirsty again after drinking this water.” (NLT John 4:13) I thought of the numerous times my thirsts were unquenchable. The more I had, the more I wanted. Until I recognized that people, possessions, recognition, and other world enticements were not the answers.
Jesus said, “But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14)
Not only will my initial thirst be quenched, but I’ll have an endless source bubbling in me!
Jesus went on to say, “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.” (John 7:37-38)
Is your soul thirsty? Do you have an unexplainable feeling that something is missing? Have you considered allowing Jesus to fill your heart’s longings?
He offers … living water for your spiritual drought.
He invites … Come, drink, and be refreshed.
Would you like to talk about it over a glass of water?