It’s the last day of the feast of tabernacles. It was quite the religious week for all who participated. On seven days of the eight-day festival, priests would pour water from the Pool of Siloam on the altar. Yet, Jesus likely sensed an inner dissatisfaction among the crowds who were beginning to return home from the festival. He likely sensed that many were leaving with spiritual needs unmet. The water the priests poured on the altar did nothing for their spiritual thirst. Those who heard Jesus’ message likely did feel spiritually tired and thirsty. But still we can assume that many of them kept walking on their way, still tired, still thirsty.
Revivals, family camps, youth events – they all have spiritual highs. Usually the final services are always the “big ones”. This is where the message finally “hits home” for those still holding out. Still there are those who leave these events tired and thirsty. And even for those who leave these events on a spiritual high, we too can find ourselves drying up after a while.
Sometimes we long for these events so that we can get another “spiritual drink”. But I think Jesus meant something much greater for us. These events are great for us and we need them, but do you ever think you’re running yourself thirsty? Do you feel like you’re just holding out for the next spiritual high? If so, you’re spiritually thirsty.
The living water that is the Holy Spirit doesn’t leave us thirsty. Instead it fills us with spiritual satisfaction and satisfies the longing in our souls for more water. As Jesus told the woman at the well just three chapters earlier, the water that He gives satisfies our thirst – for good.
When I feel like I’ve been running on empty it’s usually because I’m trying to do too many things on my own power and knowledge, spending too little time drinking the “living water” of the Spirit. If you feel that you’ve been running on empty lately, come to Jesus and drink of the refreshing living water of the Spirit. There is truly no other well, cistern, spring, or river that will satisfy us in this life other than what comes from the Holy Spirit. Every other source in our lives will run dry, but in Jesus we find the well that never runs dry.
To those who are thirsty Jesus says, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!”
May you find your thirst satisfied in Jesus today.
Rev. Terry Bennett – Youth Pastor Central Church of the Nazarene – West Columbia, SC