January 21, 2019

Thirst No More


© 2006 Debbie Turner Chavers



Good morning! I am inviting you to study, to ponder God's word in John 4 with me today. I journaled my study over several mornings and here is the condensed version of my study.
If you thirst to know the LORD, He will meet with you and by your invitation He will fill you with His Living water. He longs to reveal His truth to you. To meet your every need. You are loved, He has always loved you. Ready? Let's begin to ponder His good word to us.

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In a world where sorrow and need is abundant it is a gift to know that there is a well of salvation that never runs dry and is available to everyone.
Are you thirsty? I was.
I longed to have Living water and a relationship with the LORD.
I jumped through the hoops of good works and tried to be good.
I concluded with the Preacher (Ecclesiastes) that after all the self-effort I was still thirsty.
After trials and error, I recognised the fact that there is hope.
Hope that beckons to the unbelieving and the believer.
A revelation that we can trust the LORD.
That if we are thirsty, we can sip and drink deeply from loves inexhaustible supply.

We all long for help in areas of perceived need, yet the majority of mankind is not sure why we feel this innate sense of lack.
Most of life is filled in some manner by the pursuit of work and worldly pleasure.
The grasping at life straws to fill time and bank accounts.
All pleasure is momentary and addictive in that it demands more from the recipient than it gives.
Simply put, the well of mans pleasure runs dry.
The well of pleasure takes and takes and yet it is never filled.
I too have gone this route and from experience I know there is a better Way.
There is a well of salvation that never runs dry.
A hope that is pure, proofed by and in Heaven.
We may drink deeply and be satisfied forever more.

As I considered this thought process I began reading John 4. The scripture accounting of the woman at Jacob's well.
Starting at verse 6 my attention was arrested by the statement:
Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Jesus revealed a need to someone who was not expecting to be called.
Someone who questioned.
Someone who thought they had the answer.
Until..Jesus reasoned with them and revealed Truth.

Jesus told the woman in verse 10 "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that sayeth to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Jesus used a natural need to highlight a supernatural revelation.
If you are thirsty, God will open your eyes to the provision which is right before you.
Just as as Hagar was shown in the Old Testament, so we can be shown that which is right before us.
(Genesis 21:19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water...)
Then we can use our dipper, our bucket to receive this Living water by faith.

We see Isaiah 1:18 in the conversation that is happening between the woman at the well and Jesus, the Messiah.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

As we continue to read chapter 4 of John, you can see how Christ reasoned with her compassionately.
Jesus sums up her life choices in few words, yet the validity of his summation causes her to declare to him, "Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet." (verse 19)

As they reason together, the woman questions what she perceives, by what she has known previously..."Our fathers.." she states.
Jesus then plainly tells her that he is the Messiah.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (Verse 26)

The revelation of truth and the promise of provision draws the woman to the well of salvation.
Verse 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come here to draw.
Her response was natural. Our need to be provided for is natural, yet Jesus was revealing her deepest need. Our deepest need. A well of water springing up into everlasting life. (Verse 14)

Jesus told us that any well that we drink from that is not sourced from the Living water that He gives, will leave us thirsty again. (Verse 13)

Are you thirsty?
Ask Jesus to give you Living water.
To cover you by His shed blood and to fill you with His Holy Spirit.

~Debbie




John 7:37-39
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)








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