How To Find Internal and Eternal Satisfaction – John 4:1-30
From my reading in John 4:1-30 in the One Year New Testament.
Jesus had an interaction with a woman at a well who was drawing water. As Jesus has a way of doing, he transitioned the conversation from ordinary to spiritual.
Jesus asked her for a drink and then said,
“If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10
This spiritual “living water” is the answer to our soul’s longing for satisfaction. St Augustine said,
“Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.”
We all have a longing that cannot be satisfied without what Jesus can give us. Without Jesus, Mick Jagger’s song is true, “I can try and try and try and try but ultimately I can’t get no satisfaction!”
We try endless pursuits in order to achieve this satisfaction. Some try other religions and meditation. Some try succeeding in work, or a having a lot of money or a perfect family. Ultimately, all of these things fall short of giving us the satisfaction we are looking for.
Never Thirst Again
The woman questioned his statement because she didn’t realize he was talking spiritually, so Jesus said,
“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13–14
Jesus offers us a satisfaction that is both internal satisfaction now and eternal satisfaction in heaven.
The satisfaction that he offers us is like a “fresh, bubbling spring within.” If you have the Holy Spirit inside of you then God gives you a peace that you cannot achieve any other way.
There are moments when we may not experience the emotion of peace, but we can rest assured that one day we will live in perfect peace when we get to heaven!
The peace that we will have in heaven will last forever! Any momentary peace and happiness is a glimmer of what we will experience in heaven.
If you have never experienced this thirst-quenching satisfaction Jesus is talking about, then turn from your sin and stop trying to achieve satisfaction your own way. And give your life to Jesus. He died as a substitute for your sins so that you can be made right with God.
Only those who choose to follow Jesus can experience the type of satisfaction Jesus speaks of.
What are you waiting for, take a drink of of the living water and you will experience internal satisfaction now and eternal satisfaction in heaven!
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