Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Search Is Over

Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.” (John 4:13 NLT)

For her, life was all about men. She was looking for Prince Charming, a man who would meet her deepest needs. She had fallen in love again and again. But as soon as the excitement was gone, she went looking for another relationship, and then another, until she ended up empty.

But one day while she stood in the blazing sun by a well in Samaria, Jesus said to her, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:13-14 NLT).

Jesus wasn’t talking about literal water; He was using it as a metaphor for life. You could take any so-called well in your life, from the well of pleasure to the well of materialism, and you’ll discover the same thing this woman did. It may satisfy you for a time, but then you will thirst again.

This woman had searched for—but never found—her heart’s desire. That’s because she had a loneliness for God. And no one else was able to fill it.

We see examples of this in Hollywood all the time. Celebrities talk about how in love they are, but then suddenly their relationships end. Love is not about the initial attraction, although that is part of it. Love goes beyond that. And it won’t always be exciting and fun.

God has created us to desire companionship. After He created Adam, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him” (Genesis 2:18 NLT).

There is nothing wrong with having a desire to find the right person. And it’s something for which you need to wait upon God.

But it’s also important to understand that the person you marry isn’t going to meet every need of your life. There are certain things that only God can do for you. Only God can fill the deepest void in your life.

When you’re a child, you think that when you’re finally a teenager, life will be better. Then you become a teenager, and you can’t wait to get your driver’s license and a car. Then your next goal is to get out of high school and get on with life. After that, your goal is to become financially independent. On and on it goes. It’s an endless cycle of always reaching but never finding.

As Solomon pointed out, “Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!” (Ecclesiastes 5:10 NLT).

When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, the search is over. If we drink of the water that He gives us, then we’ll be completely satisfied. We have a spiritual thirst that only God can satisfy. And all the other things this world has to offer ultimately will come up short.

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