When we are physically exhausted and empty, our bodies crave water. We can satisfy that thirst with sports drinks or other liquids that we purchase. But when we are spiritually “thirsty” we crave what we cannot buy, make or make happen in any way. There are wonderful passages in the Bible that refer to a well as being living water that quenches our thirst spiritually.
In John chapter four, Jesus Himself is tired and probably also in need of water, because He had been travelling a long while. I was taken aback when I read that. Jesus was tired? Then I remembered, He was fully God but also fully human.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 ESV
Where did Jesus stop to sit when He was tired? A well. Sort of like a rest stop to us, I imagine. You may recall that He met a Samaritan woman there and offered her living water. She had come there at a time when others would not be there, perhaps the hottest time of the day, perhaps because, as many Bible scholars think, she was a social outcast with a questionable past.
She ended up having her spiritual thirst satisfied. She met the Savior! Point blank she asked Him where to get the living water He spoke of. She was bold! Here is Jesus’ answer to her:
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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.” John 4:13-14 NIV
Several things we can learn from this passage. This is by no means an exhaustive list., but an overview of themes that stood out to me:
1.When we are spiritually thirsty we may try to quench our thirst with the wrong things, worldly things that bring temporary pleasure or revive us for a bit. They never last because they are of human origin. A physical source will not satisfy a spiritual need. Only a supernatural source will do.
2. We not only need the right source, but quenching from the purest source possible. Just as pure food sticks with you longer and maintains your health, Living Water is pure food that feeds our spiritual needs.
3. Although there are many sources of temporary, physical thirst-quenching, there is only one source of everlasting water! In the verse above, Jesus says we will never thirst again.
His living water brings joy, growth, quenching, strength, courage and many other refreshments that we need. On a day like today, when I am a bit sad for personal reasons, my heart is thirsty for a fresh touch from the Savior. I know He can and will revive my heart and hold me up through every difficulty, so I will smile:) At the well, Jesus will satisfy every need we have, because He knows us inside and out. He knows what we need, even before we pray, just as He knew the woman at the well. He restores and revives us!
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, He is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:2-3
My heart rejoices that You can do the impossible, supply our spiritual needs. You offer to do it all through our lives, not just a few times. Your living water never runs out. We are so overjoyed and thankful that You are our friend. You know us and still love us in our imperfection. Thank You for Your mighty presence in our lives. Thank You for saving us with all that You had to give. We love You so much and dedicate today to serving You fully, just as You fill us fully with You. Amen
Love and prayers to you all. Have a great Monday!
Just me. Just His.