The Thirst-quencher

“Whosoever drinks of this water will thirst again. But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4:13, 14.

A German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer observed something in the 1800’s that was to become a common affliction of the rich in the celebrity-crazed world we now live in. He wrote, “Wealth is like seawater; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.”

Jesus, of course, recognised this unquenchable thirst that man has when he spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well. The woman thought that Jesus was just talking about ordinary water from the well. Yes, it would quench a natural, physical thirst, but Jesus used it as a powerful spiritual analogy.

Many believe that fame and fortune will bring everlasting satisfaction. But as so many have found all the money, cars, planes and yachts still don’t bring the peace of mind that people desire.

People bury themselves in their work, hoping that “job contentment” will bring the contentment they long for. But somehow it eludes them.

The fact is that inside all human beings is a spiritual “switch”. The wave of new religions and so-called alternative life styles are all part of humanities quest to find happiness and complete fulfilment. The happiness may last for a while, but eventually it wears off and the search for satisfaction and contentment starts again.

Jesus offers the solution. Drink of the spiritual waters of the new birth and the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual switch flips on.

Materialism blinds many people and often stifles the growth of Christians. Allow the word of God to saturate your life. The promise of Jesus is that with the quickening of the Holy Spirit it will become “a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Dear Father I thank You for the authority of Your word to guide me and to strengthen me to meet every challenge that I may have to face this day.