Have you ever felt so thirsty after exercising that you couldn’t wait to get a glass of water? When you did, it tasted so good and was so satisfying.
People often compare this feeling to our thirst for God. How he quenches our desires so we don’t thirst for the things of the world.
This is true. Yet, this analogy misrepresents how dried up, dead, and lifeless we are without God. It misrepresents what it means for God to come and fully satisfy the depths of our hearts.
"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." — Psalm 63:1
David wrote this when he was in the wilderness, being chased by his son Absalom, who was trying to kill him.
Being chased by your son who is trying to kill you and being thirsty after a run doesn’t seem like a good comparison! It is hard for us to understand the need David had for the Lord to meet him and sustain him.
We all come to the end of ourselves at some point. We feel “dried up” of all life. Weary, tired, lonely, hopeless; totally dried up.
In his love for us and his longing for us to come to him, the Lord allows situations to come into our lives when we need him to meet us the way he met David. Only when we are thirsty like David will we cry out to him like David did.
In times like this we have several choices. I usually choose to give up or get fed up. When we give up, we turn to family, friends, money, comfort; the list goes on. We try to take care of ourselves or satisfy the desires of our hearts with the things of the world. This may work for a while, but eventually we dry up again.
Or we can get fed up.
Fed up with returning to the same things that leave us empty. Fed up with listening to the lies of the enemy about where life comes from.
Fed up with the cycle of shallow solutions for deep issues of our heart. Fed up with slipping back into a lifestyle that puts us at the center, responsible for solving our own pain.
Christ invites us to come to Him and get “filled up.” He is the wellspring of life. In Him and through Him flow rivers of living water.
"On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive." — John 7:37-39
The only way to no longer be thirsty is to surrender our lives to Jesus and allow Him to fill us with His Spirit (the "living water"). But why would Jesus give us water that is flowing out of us in the same way a river flows continuously?
His love for us is so great that His Spirit not only fills us up, but flows out to others. Not only will we not be thirsty (feeling dried up, tired, hopeless), we will become a source of living water for others.
As we meet and love people in our life, they will experience the love of Jesus that flows from our heart. When we are filled with the Spirit, we are filled with living water that never runs out.
Are you feeling dried up? Then get fed up, and come to Jesus to get filled up!
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14