I am constantly thirsty! When Kim and I go out to either of our two favorite restaurants for lunch, those who serve us know me well and always bring me two diet sodas to get started. They know how much and how fast I drink, and it saves them running back and forth for refills.
The Bible talks about a far more important thirst and the real Thirst Quencher.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17)
Did you know this is the final command given in Scripture? “Let the one who is thirsty come and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Wow! God gives us a thirst for the soul-quenching, life-giving water of life and then bids us to come and drink. How thankfully, gratefully, and expectantly we should come to the water of life when the Author of life invites us to come. Yet how often we find ourselves drawn to the troughs of untruth, where we pay dearly to drink what leaves us still dying of thirst.
God tells us to bring our thirst to Jesus because He is the only One who can truly quench it. His water quenches our thirst for approval. His water quenches our thirst for acceptance. His water quenches our thirst for affection. All too often I return to the bitter, dirty waters of my broken cisterns, thinking somehow that they will do for me what only God in Christ can do for me. And yet Jesus never turns His back on me . . . even when I turn away from Him and drink from wells that were never meant to satisfy any of my thirsts.
The Real Thirst Quencher not only gives us the thirst we have, He slakes them by giving us the soul-satisfying waters of the Gospel. Speaking to the Samaritan woman, Jesus pointed to a worldly well and said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
Everything we need we already have in Jesus, and the more we run to drink from His well the more we find our deepest thirst satisfied. Let us thirst to forgive more freely. Let us thirst to love unconditionally. Let us thirst to accept openly. And the Real Thirst Quencher will satisfy our every thirst.
So today, regardless of where you have been seeking to quench your thirst, Jesus says to you, “Come!” Come and partake of the water of life; immerse yourself in the sweet, living water and you will thirst no more. Let us drink early and often each day, so that we might experience a quenched thirst that will never leave us thirsty again.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!