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)
Relate: This morning when my final alarm went off, I rolled out of bed and walked into the kitchen. Once there I got the water brewing for my morning cup of coffee. Before anything else happens, that does. I know my priorities. A few minutes later after the bathroom, shower, and dressing. I sat down to finish up that first cup and pour myself a second. Along with that, I had a full bowl of cereal with milk. Once at school, I got myself a third. Just a few moments ago, I heard the water percolating in the staff room and was half tempted to ask the teacher there to pour me a tea. Then I realized I still had a half cup of coffee right in front of me.
My coffee is done for the day but Turkey is a tea drinking culture. We easily drink at least twice as much as any other culture on earth and if today is a normal day I will probably have three, maybe four cups. Of course I will have a water with my lunch and another will go with me into my last class of the day. I will have a third with dinner and I will probably finish off the pear juice in the fridge this evening. This isn’t really a lot to drink, it is just a normal day but when I list it out it sure seems like a lot.
Thirst is just a fact of life. Just like hunger, it comes and goes. When I satisfy the need, it goes away… for a time. This is true now, it was true two thousand years ago and it will be true into the future for as long as people inhabit the earth. So when Jesus spoke about drinking water that will take away your thirst forever, it almost seems impossible to imagine. Water that will cause you to never thirst is almost as incomprehensible as water that will cause you to never die. The legendary fountain of youth is just that, legendary. Both seem to be a pipe dream that will never come to be.
React:It is not just food and drink that only offer a temporary fix. The entertainment industry is built upon the need for something new and better. Call of Duty wasn’t enough. So then it was CoD Modern Warfare. Then CoD Black Ops. Batman verse Superman was great but this weekend Marvel’s Civil War is coming out and I’ve just got to see it. It isn’t good enough that Real Madrid is the greatest football team in the sport. They have to keep proving it year in and year out. (And every now and then little upstarts like Barca or… Leicester?!? try to upset the natural order of things). No matter what a person’s passion or hobby is, there will never be enough. Nothing will ever be enough. As the Psalmist says, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” (62:1) He only has the living water. Nothing else will ever satisfy.
You alone can satisfy. You alone can quench my thirst. Forgive me for those times I have gone to drink from other cisterns. Over and over I need to relearn that nothing else can satisfy. Help me to drink only from You so I will never thirst again.