Are you thirsty?

Greetings precious people, I hope that you are thankful for Godís goodness to you today. In todayís article I would like to ask you a question, are you thirsty? It seems quite appropriate considering the hot weather that we have had over the past weeks. Have you ever been thirsty, really thirsty? I have. I remember times where I was so thirsty my tongue would stick to the roof of my mouth, itís commonly known as cottonmouth.

God created man with a number of basic desires; some might call them appetites. We have the desire to be loved and to love, the desire to eat and the desire to drink. These are essential desires for the well being of manís existence. If we did not have the desire for food, we would not survive very long. Our survival rate would be even less if we had not the desire for water or some other liquid, for the make up of the human body is mostly H2O. The desire for water is also known as thirst.

As God created man with a thirst for water, He also placed within man a thirst for God. This thirst includes the purpose for existence, what life is all about, why am I here. Manís thirst for the answers to these questions has led him in all directions. He searches in the stars and planets, the animal kingdom, under the earth and in the seas, he even searches within himself to try and find the answer. All of his searching comes to no avail, because he looks to the creature or the creation of God rather than the Creator. This causes man to thirst even more and often times give up his search.

There is an account in the Bible, Godís Word about an encounter that brought a woman and then an entire town to the end of their search for God. For God Himself came to them one day so that their thirst could be satisfied.

In John 4:1-8, "Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food."

Jesusí "NEED" to go through Samaria was not out of fear of the Pharisees or for convenience sake, rather He had a divine appointment with a group of people to quench their longing thirst. In making this trip through Samaria and the events that occurred during it, Jesus did a number of things that were unheard of in His day. A Jew would never travel through Samaria, they hated each other. A Jewish man would never speak with a Samaritan woman and a Jew would never eat with a Samaritan. But Jesus did all of these and much more.

As we continue the account of this Divine encounter, we see the heart of God to reach mankind with the Gospel. In John 4:9-15, "Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and whom it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."

Here Jesus began in the natural, "Give me a drink" then moved to the spiritual, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." The woman did not understand the spiritual; she could only see things in the natural. But Jesus would be persistent because He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

I want you to take notice of what Jesus said concerning the water that the woman came to fetch, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again." This could and should be written over every worldly ambition and pursuit of man that attempts to satisfy his thirst that only God can satisfy. In Psalm107:8-9 we read, "Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness." And in Isaiah 55:1-2, God offers this invitation accompanied with a searching question, "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance."

As we return to our text, we see Jesus next addresses an area of the womanís life that needed to be dealt with, for if this area is not addressed and dealt with, she has no chance on satisfying the longing in her soul. For her, as well as you and I, it is the area of sin. For her it was her adulteress life style. John 4:16-18, "Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,' "for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."

The woman is beginning to realize that she is not speaking to just any ordinary man. Jesus would then help her to realize that He was the one that could satisfy her longing soul. We read in John 4:18-26, "The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

What about you dear one, do you realize that only a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Lord can satisfy the longing in your soul? Or are you still chasing after the wind? Are you still spending your money, time, and effort on that which cannot and will not ever satisfy? Turn to Jesus Christ now!

In closing, I would like to speak to those of my readers who have tasted of the Lord and know that He is good. You know that only Jesus can satisfy the longing soul. I want to ask you a question. Are you telling others of the only one who can satisfy their soul? If you arenít, why on earth are you not? If you are, keep up the good work!

Look at what God says in His Word, Revelation 22:17, "And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." God has been putting out this call for many years. He is putting it out today. He has chosen to put it out to a lost and dying world through those who know Him. If you do not tell those around you about the Thirst Quencher, then who will?

Take this to heart dear brother, precious sister, in Romans 10:12-15, "For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"

If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail ccalpine@juno.com

Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine