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Have you discovered the truth of this statement by Jesus in the Bible?

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again.” 

Whatever you are living for will not satisfy or fulfill. You may think, if you just had a faster car, a  nicer house and bigger toys, you would have what you want. It is more likely that you are reaching for bigger things like success and power or love and family. But in fact, these things do not bring the satisfaction that we long for either.

Some of you are still more optimistic than this. If you long for a mate and family, it is difficult to believe that will not fulfill all your needs. Some of you are striving for some goal that consumes you. You may be working on a college degree. You may be striving for success in your business or your job. You may be an athlete trying to move up in the competition. There is nothing wrong with these things in and of themselves. But none of these are ultimate. They will not bring ultimate satisfaction.

I suspect many of you have come to agree with Jesus, and you are now trudging through life without hope of fulfillment. Your heart is souring in cynicism. You may blame yourself, saying something like, if I had just done this or done that, or had not done something, I would be happier. You may blame circumstances in this fallen world. You may be bitter at other people who failed you or harmed you intentionally. 

Even if you reach all your goals, if you get what you long for most, you will still have an internal emptiness. You long for something that is beyond the satisfactions of this world.

The fuller context of what Jesus said offers hope for our thirsty hearts.

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:13-14

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Comment by Malva Birch on September 11, 2020 at 11:55am
Lord Jesus, please fill us with Your Spirit. Let Your living waters flow from us to others for Your glory and joy...

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