When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them. Isaiah 41:17
Let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. Revelation 22:17
Have you ever been deeply thirsty? Have you ever experienced a thirst that goes beyond I-just-finished-cutting-the-grass-in-the-hot-summer-sun? Most of us have not. Few of us have had a Louis Zamperini kind of saga with day after day of near-death lack of water. His powerful story is told in the book, Unbroken, which also gives witness to God’s powerful work of grace in his life.
Nonetheless, some of us are more spiritually thirsty than we might realize. I say that because we drink all kinds of spiritually polluted water in an effort to quench a thirst that only God can slake. Porn, gossip, materialism, and gratuitous violence all offer a counterfeit relief from a thirst in our souls for the water of life. They make us think we are alive. They offer us a numbing placebo that, like saltwater seems to satisfy, but only drowns our souls in its effluence.
What a blessing it is to realize that our thirst may be slaked by God! Whether we are poor and in need of the solace of God’s eternal treasures, or simply thirsty for truth, God satisfies us with the water of life: a gift of his grace.
When Jesus was on the cross John (19:28) tells us, “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’” Note this was near the very end of his suffering, and remember, too, that Jesus had promised, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).
Remember, Jesus is the water of life. He satisfies the thirsty soul and promises that whoever drinks of the water that he gives will never be thirsty again. The water he gives will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Ahhh…how refreshing!