“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38)
Contentment. That seemingly unattainable feeling that plagues each one of us. We’ve all tasted contentment, but have you noticed it’s brevity?
Consider the infant. After feeding, a dry diaper and being rocked and loving arms, blissful sleep comes easily. But it will be short-lived.
A kid longing for the latest toy on the market will be satisfied with having it until the next craze hits the shelf. So goes the search for contentment.
This feeling that something is missing plagues us all. It may be as basic as hunger, or as complex as issues of the heart, But every day, Each of us conducts a flurry of activity searching to fill the void. It doesn’t help that the world is constantly telling (and selling) us that we must have, look like or experienced the latest hype.
It’s been this way since the fall of man. Only when God walked with Adam in the garden did men feel true contentment. And we’ve been in search of it ever since.
In John chapter 4, a Samaritan woman went to a well to draw water. Jesus met her there, and it is revealed that the woman had been married five times and was currently with a sixth man. Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never thirst.” Later, Jesus offered an invitation, “if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37).
Jesus offers us the same. We don’t have to be thirsty. We are on a quest for contentment. Whether it is the climb up the corporate ladder or an addiction, we are searching for satisfaction.
Author Max Lucado wrote, “We are bound together by broken dreams and collapsed promises. Fortunes that were never made, families that were never built, promises that were never kept. We’re thirsty for a clean conscience, we crave a clean slate, we yearn for a fresh start.”
Jesus offers water that will forever satisfy our thirst. His well is a place where our search can end.
Consider John 7:25-44. What are the things in your life that are leaving you feeling unsatisfied? Take them to the well of Christ.
I’m tired. I’m lonely. I’m thirsty. Jesus, I want to drink from the well that never runs dry. Fill me with Your peace.