Don’t Wait Until You Are Thirsty to Drink

Someone told me a week or so ago, and I have heard this before, “If you are thirsty, it means you are already dehydrated. You should be drinking enough water throughout the day to not get thirsty.”

I kinda just nodded and smiled, and then it hit me a few hours later: it is no different in our spiritual walk.

Leave it to me to make something out of nothing, but sometimes God uses other people to tell us things we need to hear, even if the message you received was different than what they sent.

Have you ever noticed how some days, all of a sudden, it feels like you could chug a bottle of water? Or on the hottest day of the year, you decide to go to Disney World and the dehydration hits & you are willing to spend $15 on a bottled water.

Desperation.

Water is essential for us to live, more important than food. You can live without eating for around three weeks, however you can only live without water for less than one week.

Its no different in our life. Throughout the Bible, water is the symbol for God’s Word.

For the woman at the well, she came for drinking water, but Christ introduced her to living water. Jesus was passing through Samaria and was sitting at a well for a drink of water when this woman showed up. Jesus asked her to give him and drink and without hesitation the woman quickly responded by saying, “Why would you, a Jew (who do not associate with Samaritans) ask me for a drink?”

Jesus, as usual, catches her off guard and responds with, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

The woman goes on to ask him what living water is and Jesus looked at the well water and said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4)

The woman immediately requested that Jesus give her the living water. Shortly after, we discover this woman had five husbands and was again divorced. To the human eye, she was undeserving of living water, but Jesus gave it to her anyways. Sometimes we feel undeserving of living water, but it is a gift people.

She believed in His power and when He told her He was the Messiah, she believed and went out and told everyone she knew, that Christ, the hope for all mankind, was alive and here to bring the Good News. Because of her testimony, many Samaritans were saved.

So what’s the point?

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

So often, we wait until we are desperate. We fill ourselves with things that never completely fulfill us. Sex, money, jobs, drugs, relationships, food, the list goes on.

We wonder why we get to a point of desperation? Because we seek fulfillment in things that keep dragging us through the mud.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

We should constantly be in prayer, seeking God’s Will for our lives, praying for our lost friends, for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We should be looking for wisdom and guidance in the Bible. If you are a believer and you are trusting in a pastor or an inspirational speaker to give you living water, you are wasting your time.

It is found in Christ and Christ alone.

It wasn’t a prophet or a preacher that gave the woman the gift of salvation and water that was so fulfilling she would never thirst again. It was the Son of God. The One who would soon be nailed to a cross and beat to death because of her wickedness and my wickedness and your wickedness.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

I’m guilty of it. Crying out when I am finally desperate enough and have no where else to turn. After I have filled my cup with everything else and I feel beside myself, I am finally ready to drink the living water.

That is not how we are intended to live. We weren’t created to find fulfillment in things that will perish. Fulfillment is not at the bottom of the bottle. It is not in the eyes of the person you love. Its not in your dream job, or in the six figures you bring home. Its not in the beach house, or the new pair of shoes. You ever wonder why you keep going back for more? Because you are lost, you are wandering, and you are just trying to feel good — even for just a moment.

Living water comes from Christ. He says, “Drink this and you will never thirst again.”

I’ll say it one more time: don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

Cry out to Jesus, ask Him to cleanse you of unrighteousness. Ask Him for life everlasting. Pray that you might receive the one thing that is unchanging, unwavering, and absolutely fulfilling. Ask for the peace that passes all understanding. If you are in a stormy season, pray yourself through it. Nothing surprises Him; He created you and He loves you.

There is something bigger and better on the other side of this life. You think you were created to be born, make money, have a family, and die? Don’t believe that. Do you honestly believe that there isn’t a reason to your creation? That every part of you, your feelings, your intelligence, your appearance, your purpose is all part of some big bang? There is something more, I promise.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

May you drink the living water, may you never be thirsty again — to God be the glory.

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