Daily Reading & Prayer
Your First Thirst
John 4:7-14, “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ … The Samaritan woman said to Him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can You ask me for a drink?’ … Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew … who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.’ ‘Sir,’ the woman said, … ‘Where can you get this living water?’ … Jesus answered, … ‘Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’”John 4:39-41, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to Him, they urged Him to stay … And because of His words many more became believers.”
Headed home to Galilee, Jesus stopped at a well to rest and spoke with a woman thirsting for love. She’d been married to five men but had been tossed aside and rejected. When she met Jesus, she was living with a man out of wedlock, who likely dealt with commitment issues (another form of rejection) and was headed down the same dead-end path — until she came face to face with the Savior!Due to shame, she’d avoided others by going to get water when no one else would be around. Little did she know that Love Himself had gone out of His way to quench her thirst for acceptance. But first, Jesus wasn’t shy about confronting her sin! Without taking offense, she was amazed by what He knew, and instead of keeping a low profile as she returned to town, she boldly went public with her faith, telling her story to others who also chose to believe in Jesus.Seeking satisfaction apart from God only leads to an insatiably parched existence. But if we confront our sins and drink the water of life, God meets us with a fierce and all-encompassing love that satisfies the soul.What are you thirsting for right now? A work opportunity? Someone’s attention? To overcome a crippling fear? A breakthrough? Because God’s Word says that if we delight in Him, He will give us our heart’s desires. So, stop looking to mortals to fill the gaps of what only the Immortal can provide. Believe that Jesus is the answer!
Today, spend time meditating on Psalm 37:4, “Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”What does it mean to delight in the Lord? It means that our hearts truly look to Him for peace and fulfillment. Because of this, we praise Him, seek Him, and choose to live under the authority of His Word.
Lord Jesus, Thank You for meeting me right where I am. I place my trust in Your provision and unconditional love. Thank You for satisfying the deepest needs of my heart. Amen.