July 18, 2011
V 10 …you would have asked hin. And he would have given you living water
V 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever
“Living water” and “thirsty” both are physical hungers that a woman who had walked several miles along a dusty road alone would recognize. How powerful it is to realize that Jesus would have know that and been able to apply that to His teachings to this woman. “Living water” is of course referring to the Holy Spirit that indwells a believer, and being “thirsty” refers to our natural hungering we have to know God, whether we admit it to ourselves or not. Jesus said that He was the way for both of these things: the Holy Spirit, and knowing God. If one wants to acquire both of these, Jesus must provide it. The Holy Spirit is, I think, an undiscovered treasure in the lives of many believers. Being the means in which we understand and can apply scripture to our lives, it is very important that we treasure our relationship with the Holy Spirit. However, there is a bit of a catch in our relationship; the greater un-confessed sin is in our lives the less the Holy Spirit can affect it. This sin that we cling to will hamper our ability to listen to the Holy Spirit; not because He isn’t powerful enough to get around it, but we will simply not listen. We have chosen what is most important to us and it isn’t God’s word. Are we thirsty? Do we desire more of God in our lives and less of ourselves? True that is a constant battle; this desiring God verses desiring ourselves, but there will always be a winner. Who is winning today?