John 7:38 Rivers of Water #160

Have you ever been super thirsty? Like to the point where it feels like you haven’t had water in days? Maybe I am a little dramatic about it, but this has happened to me on several occasions. In fact, it turns out most of the time we are hiking we don’t bring enough water and by the time we reach the car and find water I am guzzling it down.

I know how desperate I feel in the physical sense when I have been without water, but what about the spiritual sense? There are plenty of sources you can seek out to fill your thirst. Other people. Wealth. Fame. But, Jesus is calling you to come to him. John 7:37-38 says “On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and Let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.'” He is waiting for “anyone” who is thirsty to drink. Not a certain race, not a certain social class, not a certain gender or age. But God wants you, just as you are, to come to him for fulfillment.

God wants you to drink from him – meaning he wants you to come to him for all of your needs. Thirst. Hunger. Finances. Future. Whatever it is, he wants you to trust him in all things. He wants to fill the most basic needs you have. And when you believe in him and come to him, what happens? Rivers of living water will flow from within him.

Don’t you want God’s life to flow within you? Doesn’t it feel so good to be fully hydrated? Drink from him as you allow his life to flow through your body — you will feel quenched not just spiritually, but physically, emotionally, mentally and financially too. He is the source of life – not just any life, but “living” life.

John 7:38

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12 Comments
  • Jennifer DeFrates
    Posted at 13:41h, 17 October Reply

    This metaphor works for us in so many ways! We all say we’re thirsty but instead of water we pick up a soda or juice or coffee thinking that we know better. But He is all we really need!

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 13:54h, 17 October Reply

    Being thirsty or hungry for God is such a good example of how we should want more of him. Great metaphore here!

  • Marie
    Posted at 14:00h, 17 October Reply

    We do need to thirst more for the Word of God. Daily.

  • Andi
    Posted at 14:44h, 17 October Reply

    Well…..I did just have a glass of water now…. 🙂

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 14:59h, 17 October Reply

    Love this! I wish I could honestly say I can easily give everything over to him, but there are some days where my pride leaks over and I just can’t give certain things over to him. Thank goodness for His grace!

  • Ashlie Langston
    Posted at 15:38h, 17 October Reply

    Yes! This can be so hard to do sometimes because we want to do it on our own! So much good and blessings come when we turn it over to the Lord! Thanks for this reminder, friend!

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 16:46h, 17 October Reply

    Yes – major difference between water and LIVING water! Love that analogy!

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 18:43h, 17 October Reply

    Such a good reminder of where our true thirst can be quenched. Thank you! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  • Scott LaPierre
    Posted at 23:41h, 17 October Reply

    Caroline,
    I’ve said from behind the pulpit a few times that after embracing the Gospel I’ve never woken up a day since hungering or thirsting spiritually. I have other desires, but there’s no desire to look outside Christ.

  • Vanessa K @ Tapestry Chronicles
    Posted at 09:24h, 18 October Reply

    What a beautiful reminder! I oftentimes try to make do on my own, forgetting that He is the source of my strength. If I’m not in the Word first thing in the morning, even if just for a few minutes, I find myself parched by the end of the day. What a faithful God we serve!

  • Kristi
    Posted at 14:34h, 18 October Reply

    Yes, after a season of spiritual drought, it’s amazing how all I want to do is soak in Christ and nothing else! He is the only one that can quench it!

  • Victoria Osborn
    Posted at 18:41h, 18 October Reply

    I’m leading a Bible study at my church and we have been reading and discussing the story of Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman, how He is the only source of life-giving water and when we turn to Him, He satisfies our dry and weary souls.

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