Friday, July 7—Laina’s birthday!

Come and drink

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7

John 7:37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”

Observation

I’m going with a verse from my other reading today (see below).

Jesus invites the thirsty to “come to me and drink.” The verses that follow indicate that Jesus is offering the Holy Spirit to us—a river of living water. The verbs “come and drink” are both present tense, suggesting ongoing action: keep coming and keep drinking. 

As always, Jesus offers Himself as the answer to our deepest needs. What thirst is He referring to? The thirst for meaning, for purpose, for joy, for belonging, for love…you name it. Come to Jesus and drink—over and over.

Application

Another sleepless night and my mental and emotional reserves are tapped. I’m “thirsty.” When I get this way, I recognize in me the potential to get negative, bitter, cynical—and I don’t want to be that way…at all. I also recognize that the way out is by coming to Jesus and drinking deeply. He unwinds my tight springs. He fills up my emptiness. He lifts the burden of my anger and frustration. 

So here I am this morning…coming and drinking, coming and drinking. I need Jesus! And I’m grateful He is here for me. I’ll keep coming and drinking all day. 

Prayer: Lord, I love You and I’m grateful that You offer Yourself to us as the Living Water that satisfies and heals. Remind me today every time I get “thirsty” to come to You and drink!

More: 1 Chronicles 16-17, Psalm 79, John 7