Just as our bodies hunger and thirst for physical food and water, our souls hunger and thirst for spiritual food and water.
One of my favorite Bible stories is Jesus talking to the woman at the well (John 4:1-26). No respectable Jewish man would be caught talking to one like her. For she was a despised Samaritan woman, a member of the mixed race that the Jews hated. She was also known to be living in sin.
In the heat of the day, Jesus stopped by the well where she was drawing water. He said to her:
Will you give me a drink?” – John 4:7
Surprised, the Samaritan woman said:
You are Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” – v. 9
If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water . . . whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – vs. 10, 13-14
What did Jesus mean by “living water”? Several Old Testament verses speak about thirsting for God as one thirsts for water (Psalm 42:1; Isaiah 55:1; Jeremiah 2:13; Zechariah 13:1).
God is called the fountain of life (Psalm 36:9) and the spring of water (Jeremiah 17:13). Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah by forever quenching a person’s thirst for God (John 4:25-26). Only the Messiah can give this gift that satisfies the soul’s desire.
Are you spiritually thirsty? There is only One who can forever quench your thirst. His name is Jesus.