Monday, October 30

Come and drink

Scripture: John 7

John 7:37–39 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 38 let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’ ”39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Observation

Another startling claim by Jesus! If you are thirsty, come to Jesus and drink, for rivers of living water flow from Him. (He was talking about the Holy Spirit which is the living water that flows from Jesus and fills and satisfies us.) Jesus offers Himself as the satisfaction for our thirst.

Jesus is clearly speaking about a spiritual thirst—a thirst for love, relationship, meaning, purpose…a thirst for God. Jesus satisfies the deepest longing of our souls.

“Come” and “drink” are both present imperatives and could be translated, “keep coming and keep drinking.” Rather than one time actions, these are ongoing. Keep coming to Jesus and keep drinking the Spirit! 

Application

Am I thirsty? What am I longing for? What deep needs of the soul do I feel? And how am I trying to satisfy those? 

First, reflect on those questions, and determine what I thirst for and how I tend to satisfy that thirst. Admittedly, I often seek satisfaction somewhere other than Jesus. 

Then, rather than seeking solutions somewhere else, come to Jesus and drink. Turn to Jesus for the satisfaction I seek. Ask Him to fill me afresh with the Holy Spirit—the presence and power of God in my life. 

Prayer: Lord, I love You. I come to You this morning and ask You to fill me with the Holy Spirit—and keep filling me over and over. Help me to keep coming to You, and keep drinking from the river of living water! Satisfy me!

More: Daniel 7-9, Mark 14