by: Cindy Ford
John 7:37-39a “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”
Growing up a wrestler, I spent many years having to “cut weight” to make a certain weight class. While I learned how to do this the correct, healthy way as the years went on, I spent a few times losing weight the unhealthy way. This included skipping meals and not drinking water for an excessive amount of time. On days like those, I would constantly think about food and water all day long (and dream about it at night!). My teammates and I would spend hours talking about the first meals we would have once wrestling season would be over. We were constantly hungry and thirsty, and craved a huge meal. The funny thing is, once we were finally able to have these meals, they weren’t ever quite as satisfying as we’d imagined. In addition, we would eventually need to eat and drink again.
Even the best meals do not satisfy us to the point where we never have to eat or drink anything else again. Jesus is connecting to the physical needs of people by saying that even the best things that this world has to offer will not satisfy our cravings for the long term. Anything we experience apart from God in this world – even things that bring us a moment of great joy and pleasure – will leave us empty in the end. We are encouraged in this passage to rely on Jesus to fulfill any and all of our desires, needs, hopes, and dreams. The Holy Spirit is the “living water” in which we are able to experience the fullness of joy in this life. When we seek and depend on the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we experience a glimpse of eternity – of Heaven on Earth.
The greatest news is that we have the opportunity to abide with God in every-day life. During this season, let us be reminded that in Jesus, we are offered living water that will never leave us thirsty again. In Him, we find fulfillment forever.