Of the Gospels, John is my favorite. A few nights ago I was reading in John 4 when I read a refreshing truth that one should never forget.
“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
In this moment, Jesus was speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well. She was caught up in a string of men, when the most important man she would ever meet tells her this beautiful truth.
I am the woman at the well. I am looking for satisfaction in other places and in other ways. When I don’t deserve it (yet I think I do), Jesus shows His grace in His loving, yet stern way. The thing about God is that He is stern, almighty and jealous. He’s loving and comforting, yes, but He’s not a God who enables us. This moment at the well, He wasn’t enabling the Samaritan woman and He doesn’t enable me.
The thing is, God wouldn’t be the God He says He is if He enabled our behavior. This God Jesus claims to be has so much more to offer us than the things we pine after in this world…the things that cause us to stumble…the things that we idolize. What kind of God would let us settle for momentary happiness when He knows the immeasurable, eternal joy of His satisfying waters? Letting us settle for less is not love, and I know God is a God of love.
God doesn’t withhold from us because He doesn’t love us. The fact is that the world will never be more satisfying than God. It can’t beat Him out. So, stop trying to find your satisfaction in something fundamentally fallen. When you taste the living water, nothing will ever compare. He will transform your mind, your heart and your soul right before your eyes. The things of the world will lose their luster and the eternal length of eternity won’t seem long enough.
Sin makes us thirsty, literally, for more of that sin. Satan even tells us that more sin will quench that thirst. That’s a lie, friends. Only God will satisfy the quench of your sinful thirst. I don’t know how He does it, but I know He does. I’m proof.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.