Scripture: John 7:37-52
Key verses: (37-39) On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Reflection: Physical thirst is the most powerful drive for humanity. On a hike, when I take the last sip of water, I begin to worry about how soon I can refill my water bottle. Have you ever been really thirsty? You can distract some hunger with water but you cannot distract thirst. It takes over and one can think of nothing else but satisfying it. This is what Jesus means. If you feel parched, restless and longing for satisfaction, then Jesus extends this invitation, come unto me and drink and I will satisfy that thirst.
Jesus does not limit how we might thirst. He says simply, If any one thirst. We thirst for many things and we are definitely parched. It is a new year and we are starting out exhausted, stressed and tired. We are parched. We thirst. Some are thirsting for meaning. Others are thirsting for purpose. To all of us Jesus says, come to me and you will find the very significance you seek. Where are you parched? Are you thirsting for rest or the ability to accomplish things? Jesus says, come to me. Drink of me. Listen to my words. Quench your thirst from my wisdom, from my strength, from my presence with you. Your thirst for all will be satisfied because I am the living water.
Are you thirsty?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, quench our thirst. Help us today to draw from your wisdom, strength and your presence with us. In you we find living water, thanks be to God. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].