“On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” 39 He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” John 7:37-39 (CSB)
The only way to walk through a desert is with an endless supply of water. That way, when you see mirages glimmering in the distance, they don’t falsely tempt you to crawl to them for relief. And when you see vultures circling above, you’re not consumed with worry that you’ll be their next meal. Water becomes your lifeline. Apart from it, you can be led astray, or worse yet, die. Connected to it, water fills and satisfies, and allows you to enter dangerous territories without fear.
As believers we have that same gift of Living Water through the Holy Spirit. Jesus declared in John 7:38, “The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow deep within him.” The crazy thing is that, even as believers, we sometimes don’t tap into this truth. We enter deserts with tall glasses of water at our fingertips, yet we don’t drink.
Sometimes I think the reason for this is that we don’t fully understand the true satisfaction the Holy Spirit will bring us. We are looking for something different, something else that will satisfy us in a different way. Water is tasteless, so we want more.
The support-raising journey is not necessarily a desert. It is simply a journey on which God asks us to sacrifice everything in order to trust solely on Him. It has unfathomable benefits of walking hand-and-hand with God as He, like a happy Daddy, delights in directing His kids’ every step. The drawbacks come when we become dissatisfied with where He is leading us.
The journey truly can become difficult and frustrating. We can be tempted by mirages of materialism or not being satisfied with how things are going. We can even want to give up when Satan circles around us to whisper to our hearts about how our circumstances are awful, and that a good Daddy would ask His children to sacrifice everything for Him.
It’s in these moments we must recognize the truth Jesus spoke and drink from the Living Water of satisfaction in Him, no matter the circumstance. He knows what will grow us closer to Him and what will make the biggest impact for His glory. We must trust in that and stay attached to the Source.
- Are you satisfied where God has you? Why or why not?
- What will help you to draw even deeper satisfaction in Him?