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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Desert Life

Scripture to reflect upon for Thirsty Thursday: John 4:14-15
“Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst-not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” The woman said, "Sir, give me this water so I won't ever get thirsty, won't ever have to come back to this well again!”

You never have to go back. You never have to search out again. You never have to go back to the well, wishing and hoping. When you drink the living water, your soul is quenched for eternity.

When we seek the ways of the world, when we search for something to keep us grounded here, we will always end up dying of thirst. The world does not satisfy. The world does not save us. The world does not provide hope. The world does not offer honesty, justice and peace. The world will always leave you dry and empty. Empty promises. Dry justice. We pant and pant, aching for a drop of water only to be given a cup full of dry, dusty dirt.

Jesus told the Samaritan woman to tell her husband, but she said she didn’t have one. He already knew that; knew that the man she was with was not her husband. He reached out to her and offered her a new life. He offered something to someone who was, according to the world, unworthy of anything good. The world offered her heartache, sorrow, sin, guilt and regret. Jesus offered her life. He offered her water for her aching, dry, shame-filled soul.

Living water. Alive with hope. Alive with redemption. Alive with goodness and good things. Alive with eternal salvation. Endless life.

Why are you bogged down by the world’s dry wasteland of nothingness? Why are you still hoping the world will solve your problems, save your marriage, find you a spouse, or get you to the place you are aching to be? The world lies and destroys all hope. Anyone who chooses the desert life over the living water is clearly living in a mirage. When you are so dry, nothing is real anymore. Everything is an illusion. The world has created a façade that you are enamored with. Bright lights. Glitz and glamour. Blinking neon signs. Pornography. Alcohol. Drugs. Escapism everywhere you look. Nothing is real. Touch it and it breaks…because it’s dry.

Don’t water your plants for a few days. See how they wilt and begin to die, much like your spirit when you neglect the living water of Christ Jesus. You need to water your soul daily. You need to grab a cool cup of living water and quench your gasping thirst.

NOTE TO SELF: If you are dry and aching, tell Jesus: “Give me this water so I won't ever get thirsty, won't ever have to come back to this well again!” And never look back.

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