Lesson 20 - The Living Water

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63: 1)

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O god. My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God.   (Psalm 42: 1-2a)

    Read John 4: 1-26. Pay special attention to verses 10-14.

The soul of mankind thirsts to be satisfied just like a dying man in a desert. God created us with this inner thirst, and the Living Water is the only thing that can ever satisfy it. This is not a temporary need - it is something that we require constantly. If we try to fill this need with any other "water", we will surely thirst again. The "Living Water"  Jesus spoke of is the Living Spirit of God, who comes to live in us when we are reborn. It is through His Spirit that Jesus actually lives in us. When we are filled with his Spirit, we do not need to look anywhere else for the water our souls desire. As we continually seek Him alone for our soul's fulfillment, this Living Water springs up into a well of eternal life within us.

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,'lf a man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. (John 7: 37-39a)

Point to Ponder:

We have often tried to use "waters" that the world offers us to fill the deep longing within us. For some of us it may have been drugs, alcohol, sex, success, fame, money, or even fun! Yet after the temporary satisfaction these things bring, we end up emptier than before.

"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters... Why spend ... your labor on what does not satisfy?" (Isaiah 55: la, 2a)