When we get thirsty, where do we go to?
That is commonly true, but we end up complicating stuff with energy drinks or sodas that have us end up even thirstier most of the time.
Isn’t it cool that this is also how we walk in faith? Here’s why:
- A thirst always demands satisfaction.
You’ll see athletes bringing jugs of water to the courts or gym rats carrying their tumblers to the gym to beat dehydration.
How does one beat spiritual thirsts though? To whom or to what do we run to when we feel something missing in our lives? Something missing and just craves for satisfaction? I think everyone, including myself, has been guilty of running to material things or to people to dive into their happy places. ‘Yong tipong “savior” ng buhay nila, pero hindi talaga Savior ng buhay nila. What happens then if that “savior” falls apart? Wala na. However, when we run to the Savior, He’s sure to satisfy, with guarantee (…. If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” -John 7:37).
- Jesus is sure to satisfy our thirst.
So we saw that He’s sure to give the water that quenches. Give, meaning it’s a gift. Gift, meaning there’s nothing to earn or nothing we could do to acquire it. Jesus is sure to satisfy our thirst. I guess the only ‘condition’ in obtaining this gift is to really thirst for it or have a need for it because, well, if you stay thirsty, you die. Just like how our body sees water as a need, so does our souls see God as one. Also, it’s not just mere water that He’ll let our hearts will flow with, but RIVERS OF THE LIVING WATER! The Bible did say that Jesus is the bread of life and the living water, so this is Him telling us that He is with those who partake in Him (“He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of His heart, will flow rivers of living water” -John 7: 38). Keep in mind that He used the term ‘BELIEVE.’ That’s what it means to be saved by grace through faith. That’s what it means to ‘drink’ from Christ.
- Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit in this passage. As a matter of fact, the passage is called “The Promise of the Holy Spirit” in the New King James Version of the Bible. This promise has yet to be fulfilled in this scenario in a sense that He isn’t coming down until Jesus has been glorified (But He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit has not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” -John 7: 39). Jesus promised that He’d send all of us the Holy Spirit and He is alive in us right now since Jesus has conquered the grave.
The feeling of having Him there, telling you, “Anak, I got you!,” is like a super great feeling. After all, He did display that kind of love on the cross, not allowing us to suffer the second death.