Are You Thirsty for Living Water? –
Thirst is a basic God-given longing for water which is accompanied by a sensation of dryness in one’s mouth. In the same way, spiritual thirst is a God-given longing for Jesus “the fountain of living waters” (Jer 2:13), accompanied by a sense of “dryness” in one’s soul (cp Ps 42:1-2-note, Ps 63:1-note).
CCC HYMN 281
WHERE art thou all? Ye the thirsty ones, this is the water of life, come and drink it’s free. Amen
A man can live weeks without food, but only a few days without water. Even as water is necessary for life, so too the “living water” from Jesus is necessary for life everlasting.
Absence of both physical water and “living water” means suffering and sickness, dearth and death, one temporal, the other eternal! A source of fresh water sustains life in both a physical and a spiritual sense. And yet no matter how much we drink from the world’s “broken cisterns” (Jer 2:13) of wealth and achievement, we only become thirstier.
Seeking to satisfy our thirst with the things of this world which “is passing away” (1 Jn 2:15-17-note) is like drinking sea-water, for the more we drink, the thirstier we become.
Richard Sibbes said “All earthly things are as salt water, that increaseth the appetite, but satisfieth not!” Man was made for eternity, and the things of time can never satisfy!
The Rolling Stones’ were right: “I can’t get no satisfaction!”… at least not from the world’s water, which is like a mirage that promises but is never able to satiate our deepest needs, for “everyone who drinks of this “water” will thirst again.” (Jn 4:13-note).
Thomas Brooks reminds us that “A man may have enough of the world to sink him, but he can never have enough to satisfy him.” A thirst for God can only be satisfied by Christ, Who freely gives Living Water (Jn 4:10-note, John 7:38-note, Rev 7:17KJV-note).
Indeed, only when Jesus is our sole Source of satisfaction, shall we experience supernatural satisfaction in our soul. “Therefore you will joyously draw water from (His) springs of salvation.” (Isa 12:3-note) Is He enough for you beloved? As the Psalmist said “He has satisfied (is “enough” for) the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” (Ps 107:9-note)
Augustine prayed “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”
Spurgeon (CHS) adds that “The Lord sets us longing for Himself and then completely satisfies us with Himself. That longing leads us into solitude, separation, thirst, faintness and self-despair, and all these conduct us to prayer, faith, divine guidance, and finally to satisfying of the soul’s thirst and rest (in Christ). The good hand of the Lord is to be seen in the whole process and in the divine result.” And remember that if I am not satisfied with what I have (in Christ), I will never be satisfied with what I want (in the world)! In what or whom are we seeking soul satisfaction? Too often when we are spiritually thirsty, we are tempted to go everywhere except to the Source, Jesus Christ