Jesus Quenches the Thirst of Our Souls(EP11)

Podcast Episode 11 (Condensed)

I remember during my quiet time with the Lord listening to my audio bible. John 4 began. I’ve heard this scripture several times before and read it on numerous occasions. But something about the scripture hit different now. I caught a revelation that only the Holy Spirit could give me.

As I thought about the Samaritan lady, I was reminded of what state her life was in. She had been married 5 times and her current man wasn’t her husband (John 4:17-18). The lady was in a life of sin, yet Jesus still asked her for a drink. By Jesus asking the Samaritan lady for a drink, this shocked her because Jews didn’t deal with Samaritans. The Samaritan lady goes on to question Jesus in many ways. She was curious who He was and where He would even get this “water” from. (John 4:9 & John 4:11-12).

I love how Jesus responded to her various questions in John 4:10 NLT. It says, “Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

See the Samaritan lady was thinking initially with her carnal mind about water. She was focused on the literal perception of water. Yet, Jesus was thinking spiritual. Jesus was talking about the spiritual, life-longing water He can give her. Due to her current state of life, Jesus knew what that lady really needed. Although Jesus asked her for water, the Samaritan lady was the one who needed Jesus’ eternal water of life. I truly believe that Jesus being the prophet of God He was knew the Samaritan lady’s heart. That is why Jesus responded the way He did to her.

When was the last time you were in a sinful state in your life? I can attest that I made a lifestyle of sin many years ago. During my time of living apart from God’s will, I longed for something more. I filled my time with people who meant me no good (and I knew it) and places that didn’t honor God (like clubs, kickbacks, and alcoholic festivities.)

 These were the ways I tried to quench my own thirst with the pleasures of life. I felt that if I just continued to run from God, I could run from my calling. I could go another direction that would be just as satisfying or even better in life. I knew I needed something deeper than what the world could give me, but I didn’t want to surrender to God. I didn’t want to give up the pleasures of the world that I enjoyed (at the time).

Can you relate? Have you ever longed for something more? Have you ever desired something deeper that the world could not give? Something that would satisfy your soul? 

See Jesus is the only one that can satisfy our souls. When we drink from the water of eternal life, our thirst is quenched forever more. Jesus is the fountain of eternal life. Imagine a beautiful waterfall that never dries up. It flows water day in and day out. Jesus’ well never runs dry. That “thing” we’ve been searching for in life, longing for, and desiring becomes found in Christ. That missing piece in our soul—that void that we try to fill can only be filled by the Lord. 

When the Samaritan woman realized that Jesus wasn’t just talking about water in the natural, she said in John 4:14 NLT, “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

See it was at that moment the Samaritan lady surrendered. She desired for the Lord to quench her thirst. She stated, “I won’t have to come here to get water.” We can replace that with the worldly things that we attempt to satisfy our soul. What empty void are you trying to fill outside of God? Complete this sentence on your own, “If I surrender to God, I won’t have to ________ anymore.” 

I love what Jesus said in John 4:13-14 NLT, “3 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

In other words, Jesus is saying that the longer we try to fill that missing void in our life with worldly pleasures, we’ll always be longing for something more. The more we create a lifestyle of sin, the thirstier we’ll be for it. It will be a never-ending cycle of destruction and only leads to eternal death. But the moment we drink from God’s living water, He will quench the thirst of our souls.

Jesus describes His living water which is basically an invitation to salvation as “a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14 NLT). That sentence is so poetic and full of imagery. It is the perfect description of what it is like when we walk away from a dark life of destruction that leads to hell. A life where we’re constantly searching for something better in life. A life where we’re desperate for anything to quench our thirst.

 The eternal, living water of God constantly flows. When we’re born again, it is like everything that seemed dead within us comes to life. God breathes new life into our soul. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says NLT, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” After we drink from Jesus’ living water, we’ll never be thirsty again. Our empty void will be filled. Hence why John 4:14 says, “a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Fresh” means new. “Bubbling spring within” is that fresh zeal that that Holy Spirit fills us with once we’re born again. 

So, my question to you is, are you born again? Are you a backslider? Don’t be ashamed. I challenge you to surrender your life to God today, if you haven’t already. Jesus invites us to drink from His living water. He desires to quench the thirst of our souls. If you’re not saved, you have a choice to make. 

Joshua 24:14 ESV says, “Choose this day whom you will serve.” Don’t delay. The Lord is soon to return whether society believes it or not. Yes, it has been said for over 2,000 years but 2 Peter 3:8 NLT says, “A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 

The bible is true to its Word. Are you drinking from the cup of living water or the cup of the world? I must be honest with you because 1 Corinthians 10:21 is raw. The NLT says, “You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons too.” Therefore, when we drink from the cup of the world, we are engaging in a lifestyle of sin (demonic). But when we repent and surrender to the Lord, we drink the water of eternal life (The Lord). 

Do you want your thirst to be quenched? Is your soul tired from living life your way and outside the will of God? Say this prayer with me.

Dear Lord,

Forgive me for all my sins. Deliver me from my iniquities. Lord, I’ve fallen short, but I surrender my life to you today. I humble myself just as the Samaritan woman at the well did. I want to embark on a new journey with you. I know that it won’t be easy, but I am certain that it will be worth it. You’ve promised to never leave not forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). So, I trust that when I drink the cup of living water, that my soul will be quenched forever. Fill me with your righteousness. Give me a fresh zeal. Teach me your standards of right living through your Word. Open my eyes and ears. Give me a discerning spirit. Build my faith so that I won’t get weary in well doing (Galatians 6:9) Help me to be obedient in all my ways to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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