“Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me!”
Do you know what it’s like to be thirsty? I remember when I played football in school. It was only for the first 2 years, and then I decided I’d rather be working a part time job than playing football. I remember each season began in early August with rugged three practices a day in the brutal Pennsylvania sun and late summer humidity. We’d start Monday morning at 8am before the summer heat would kick in. We’d practice ‘til about 11am, break for lunch, return at 1pm and practice through the mid-day heat until around 3:30pm. Go home for dinner only to return for an evening practice from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Those practices made for a full day to say the least.
I don’t know if coaches are more enlightened these days, but back then they wouldn’t let players have water during the workout; they considered it a sign of weakness. They would give us an occasional salt tablet if we looked like we were growing faint as we sweated it out in the hot summer sun.
When practice was finally finished, players would crowd around the bench, waiting for the chance to plunge a paper cup into an oversized cooler filled with half melted ice. After a grueling workout, that ice cold water was the most satisfying drink I’d ever had. No doubt you’ve been that thirsty before. Do you remember what the first taste of water was like? Incredible, wasn’t it?
This is how the Bible describes the life that God promises His people.
“Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me!
Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare,
‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:37-38
There are certain drinks that will quench your thirst and there are others that only leave your palate desiring more and still thirsty. You can be religious and still be thirsty. Religion is man’s empty attempts to reach out to a Holy God. Religion has a way of leaving us stressed and uncertain and unfulfilled.
A relationship with the living God, on the other hand, has a way of quenching your spiritual thirst. Living your life connected to Jesus is like plunging yourself in the clear, cool water. It is totally satisfying and completely fulfilling. Has your thirst been quenched?