Living Water

Listen! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. ~Isaiah 55:1

When Jesus stopped to rest at a well, He had occasion to speak with a Samaritan woman who was drawing water. During His conversation with her, He told her that if she would partake of the water that He offered that she would never thirst again. We all hunger and thirst and, like the woman at the well, we assume that we require something from this world to satisfy us. When Jesus speaks of water that will satisfy eternally and when Isaiah tells us to come and buy water, milk, and wine though we have no means to pay for them, it is not sustenance of this world that they are referring to.

We were all created and intentionally designed with a deep internal longing and desire, a need, for relationship with God. In the absence of relationship with God we attempt to fill that felt need with worldly things. We place all manner of other things in the high place of the throne inside us where God is supposed to sit and reign. Some of these seem to us to be good such as our families, our careers, or our personal prosperity. Sometimes, in our desperate need to fill the void within us, we place destructive things there such as alcohol, drugs, or pornography.

The truth is that nothing of this earth can fill and satisfy us and the more we attempt to place objects of worldly affection there the deeper our longing becomes. Only when we allow God to take his rightful place on the throne of our lives do we truly find the fulfillment that we long for and that we were designed to experience.

What are you putting on throne of your life in place of God? What is it in your life that you seek to find comfort in outside of a personal relationship with your creator?

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~Matthew 6:33

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