Today, in my reading, I came across the story of the woman at the well. In this passage, Jesus was travelling, got thirsty, and asked a woman for a drink of her water. When the woman refused, Jesus told her (we do not know her name) that He could give her living water, if only she would ask.
The LORD goes on to say that this living water would eliminate her thirst forever. Wow, what a claim!
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water ...
But whoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst again: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting water.
John 4:10, 14
But what kind of thirst was Jesus talking about? We know it's wasn't physical thirst, but what other kind of thirst is there? According to Strong's Concordance, the word "to thirst" can also mean to "desire earnestly." It's a longing, an intense want.
As humans, we thirst for so many different things! The list is endless, and so individual for each person. We may thirst for success, for love, for stability. We may long for a new house, children, a better job. And sometimes it is more frivolous: our favourite food, a new couch, or a tropical vacation.
Are these desires wrong? Do we stop longing (thirsting) because we know Jesus? I don't think so! God says he will give us the desires of our heart:
Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of they heart.
The Vincent's Words commentary helped me to understand this passage better. The writer points out that we don't stop wanting things, but rather that we begin to want things that can satisfy us, rather than things that will frustrate us.
Instead of random sex, we seek committed lovemaking. Instead of driven shopping, we seek deliberate purchases. Instead of ruthless wins, we seek fair play. We will always have desires, but the LORD of heaven and earth promises to satisfy the desires of our hearts, with "a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
And most of all, we thirst for him, our LORD. Knowing him satisfies most of all, if we take time to really know him, and let him know us.
Let's keep drinking of his well, so that he can purify our desires more and more. And let him fill us up to overflowing!
And talk to me ... how have your desires changed since coming to know Jesus? And if you don't know Him, would you like to?