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Friday, August 11, 2017

Living Water

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 4:14 NIV

Are you unfulfilled? Do you long to know that your life has a purpose? Have you an emptiness that no activity or possession can satisfy? For a while, an activity or a possession might offer happiness, but that fun activity or shiny possession can’t bring fulfillment to a hunger that is meant to be filled with God alone. A possession doesn’t last forever, and its newness dulls. When you allow the things of the world to become more important than God, your interest in His purpose also dulls. Everything becomes lifeless and dull.  At the moment when nothing else brings satisfaction, Jesus Christ speaks to your thirsty soul that He has something that will give your life joy and purpose. He has something that will bring fulfillment to your life of constantly searching and never finding. He offers living water.

“If you drink of the water that I provide,” He speaks to your emptiness, “you will never be thirsty again. My water not only soothes your shattered spirit, but it heals you completely because it is living water.” He promises that if you take Him into your heart that you will never feel empty or thirsty again. You will have a purpose that is always fulfilled. You will have joy that shall never dulls. You will have a meaning to your life that nothing in this world can match. You will know Him, and He will be enough. "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness," He whispers, "they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). Your hunger and thirst will be filled, if you thirst for Him instead of things that can never bring fulfillment.

Is this where you are? Do you thirst enough?  Do you cry, "Oh Lord, just as a deer pants for streams of water, my soul pants for you—my soul thirsts only for you” (Psalm 42:1)?  When you thirst only for Him, He comes and satisfies your emptiness. Your life has purpose and meaning. Your life has joy and passion that are new and fresh each morning. Your thirst is quenched with His living water. And this is a thirst that shall always be filled. It shall always be satisfied. You will never want to let go of Christ who rescues you from your own pursuits which have no meaning. He brings fulfilling passion to your life, and His promise of never-ending unconditional love—His joy that the world can't give—His peace that is more than what the world can manufacture—His patience that is longer than any you can offer. He brings the promises of kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you daily live in Him, He lives in you. When you are completed in Him, you thirst no more for things that destroy the joy with which He has gifted your life. You thirst only for Him.

© 2017 Lynn Lacher

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