I have always loved the water. As a small boy I would play in water any chance I got. At the beach, in the pool, in the front yard with the hose, literally anywhere. Even as an adult I love water as a recreation location, and those of you who know me and my RTIC tumbler know that I love drinking water.
But the downside is that literally no matter how much I drink I will be thirsty again. That unfortunate reality is the basis of Jesus’ conversation with a woman at a well in Samaria 2000 years ago. If you don’t know the story go read it in John chapter 4
See in this story, Jesus offers her something we all want; water that satisfies our life-long thirst. But what drew this woman in is not actually what Jesus was offering. She wanted a literal beverage to take away thirst. Jesus tells her:
“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 4:4)
Jesus offers a solution to our life of thirsting and striving after things we cant get. Jesus offers us the one thing we cant get on our own: Eternal life and forgiveness of our sins. See, we all have a ‘thirst’ problem in life. Not for water or a Gatorade, but for that thing we want. Maybe we thirst for success, or popularity, or recognition, or love and affection. Maybe we thirst for possessions or achievements, or excellence.
Whatever it is, it it will leave us thirsty. Drink from the well of success? Cool now you will thirst for connection or relationships. Drink from the well of achievement, thirst for relaxation.
If this feels like a broken cycle, its because it is. We were not designed to chase our tail, but instead to have a thirst for one thing that satisfies all of life. We were created to thirst after and desire God in our life. When we drink from the well of Jesus, we will never thirst again.
So where are you looking for water today?
1/1250s | f/5.0 | ISO 200 | 39mm | Canon 5D Mark IV | 24-70mm f/2.8L II