Things get old. The new car isn’t new very long. Neither is the latest phone or computer. There is always something newer coming out, and when it does, something happens. Like it or not, a little dissatisfaction begins to creep in. You may not act on that, odds are you can’t afford to, but it happens.
And it’s not just things. How long is that new job exciting? Soon it’s hard to get up and go in. You’ve discovered the pitfalls and other disappointments that are there, and, oh well. It may even extend into relationships, if you are not careful. The fact is we are hard to satisfy. Perhaps we just get thirsty again for something a little more or a little different. That is just the way we are, if left to ourselves.
But it’s not all our fault. You see, God made us for a special purpose. If we had jumped right in (meaning if Adam had not sinned) we would have never known dissatisfaction. But Adam did fall, and left us in this state.
Most people spend their lives trying to fill up that empty place. That unfulfilled spot inside. You can try to fit anything in that empty space, extreme sports, football, boating, anything. Absolutely everything has been tried. For a while there is relief, but without fail, thirst returns.
In John 4, Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well. She was a rather scorned woman who had had a number of husbands, and was currently living, unmarried, with her sixth man. She came to the well in the heat of the day. She hoped not to have to face anyone; just get her water and go…but, there was Jesus, and they had quite a conversation.
Jesus asked her for a drink of water. She asked Him how he could be talking to her, a samaritan woman, and asking her for drink of water. His response was more than she expected.
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10. The woman still not understanding, Jesus told her, “Everyone who drinks this water will thirst again,” John 4:13. “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water that springs up to eternal life,” John 4:14.
Then the woman responded, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw,” John 4:15.
But there was a problem. She was not qualified to receive this living water! So Jesus asked her to bring her husband. She told him she did not have one. (True right?). Jesus said, “that is true, but you have had five husbands and the one you have now is not your husband.”
A little startled she tried to change the subject and talk a little about religious customs. Jesus responded to her: “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipper will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman answered, “I know that the Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will tell us everything.” Then Jesus told her, “I am He, and I am speaking to you now.” Can you imagine?
“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out saying, If anyone is thirsty, let him come unto Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this spoke He of the Spirit which those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified,” John 7:37-39.
Are you thirsty? Is He speaking to you now? “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9. Ask Him for the living water. He is here, ready to give it to you. You don’t have to ever thirst again.