The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. – Revelation 22:17
It’s no wonder that Jesus calls Himself the Bread of Life and Living Water. Food and water are two of the greatest needs that can also be two of our greatest desires. We can crave both. Think about the last time you were incredibly parched. How did that water taste when you got it?
The trouble with us as humans is that we continually try to satisfy ourselves outside of God. Jeremiah gives the picture of God’s people forsaking God, the source of living water, and attempting to dig their own broken cisterns that could hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13)
God has always been the source of a satisfying and nourishing life. He allowed the Israelites to experience physical hunger in order to teach them that He is the provider of ALL our needs…not just physical. (Deuteronomy 8:3) Jesus Himself quotes from those words found in Deuteronomy to Satan when tempted to use His divine power to selfishly satisfy hunger. As a human, Jesus perfectly exemplified looking to the Father for satisfaction and spiritual nourishment.
As God, Jesus helped the woman at the well to see His true nature, the Living Water. And, all of us who have believed in Him since her time has also gotten to enjoy drinking the everlasting life that comes through Christ alone. Let’s take time to drink deeply of the wellsprings of life today where we can come again and again to find refreshment and true satisfaction.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. – Psalm 63:1-8
PRAISE: Praise God for knowing both your needs and wants better than you do.
THANKSGIVING: Thank God for His desire to satisfy you with Himself.
CONFESSION: Ask God to reveal empty pursuits that leave your spirit parched and hungry. Ask God’s Spirit to renew your desire to know God intimately through reading His Word and time spent in prayer so that you might find ultimate satisfaction in Him.
FURTHER STUDY: Take some time to drink of Christ through His Word and Respond to the Father with what His Spirit reveals to you.
Psalm 63; Jeremiah 2:11-13; Isaiah 44:3; John 4:10-30
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