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)
There was a time in my life when I didn’t have joy. I felt unfulfilled and longed to know that my life had a purpose. I had an emptiness that no amount of activity or possessions could satisfy. I would feel fulfilled for a while with an activity or a possession that would bring happiness, but the activity didn’t bring fulfillment to a longing in my spirit that was meant to be filled with only God. The possession didn’t last long, and the newness of it finally dulled. My unfulfilled purpose eventually lost my interest, and my happiness faded. The pleasure of this world dulled. At the moment when nothing else brought satisfaction, Jesus Christ spoke to my thirsty soul that He had something that would give my life joy and purpose. He had something that would bring fulfillment to a life of constantly searching and never finding. He offered me living water.
“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness,” He whispered. “They shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6 NIV). He promised that I would never be thirsty again. His living water would soothe my shattered spirit and heal me. Filled with a purpose beyond what I could imagine, I would have a joy that would never fade. I would have a meaning in life that nothing in this world could match. I would know Him, and He would be enough. My hunger and thirst would be filled if I thirsted for Him instead of the things that could never bring fulfillment.
“As the deer pants for streams of water,” I cried, “so my soul pants for you, my God” (Psalm 42:1 NIV)). He now satisfies my longing thirst with His living water. My life has purpose and meaning. It has joy and a passion that is new and fresh each morning. Surrendered to Him, my thirst shall always be satisfied. Never shall I let go of Christ who saved and rescued me from my own pursuits that had no meaning! He brings fulfilling passion to my life—and His promise of never-ending love. The world can’t give His joy. His peace is more than whatever the world can manufacture. His patience lasts longer than any I might manufacture! He brings the promise of kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control into my life. If I remain in Him, He is in me. I am complete, thirsting no more for things that destroy who He has created me to be.
©2017 Lynn Lacher