“I thirst,” Jesus cried out from the cross.
And so do we. We thirst – we all thirst – for something more, something beyond ourselves. But we can’t quite put a finger on what we are thirsty for. We just know it is something we don’t have at the moment.
So we begin to accumulate wealth and possessions, hoping that they may satisfy our thirst. Or we seek fame, or power, as if that could quench the dryness within.
Or maybe we gather friends. If we have enough friends, then surely we’ll need nothing more. And if that doesn’t help, then we explore religion and spirituality.
But none of it satisfies the thirst within. There must be something more.
And there is…
The reason we have that unquenchable thirst is that God has made us that way. He has made us to have relationship with Him.
And until that happens, there is something missing, something we can’t identify. All we know is that it is not there, and we need it to be.
The woman at the well in John 4 was thirsty too. She was thirsty for physical water, but there are hints in the story that she had a deeper thirst that she hadn’t been able to quench.
But Jesus knew. That’s why He was in enemy territory – just to meet with this precious woman and offer her a drink of what she really needed.
Of course, she doesn’t really understand what Jesus is offering her. That should not be surprising; the highly educated and literate teacher Nicodemus (see John 3) didn’t understand what Jesus was saying either.
But both of them received a life-changing offer; Nicodemus an offer of eternal life just by a look of faith; the woman living water springing up within her to eternal life – hers for the asking.
Water is such an important theme in the Bible, from Genesis right through to Revelation. It is necessary for physical life, but all the passages about water are meant to point us to the source of living water, Jesus Christ Himself.
For it is only when we ask Him for living water that our deepest thirst will be quenched. It is only when we receive His living water that we will be able to stop searching for all the empty wells and dry riverbeds of materialism and religion and relationships.
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” [John 4:10].
Are you ready to ask Him for that drink, that drink that will satisfy eternally? Just ask. It is His good pleasure to give it to you.