I recently watched a sermon by Steven Furtick (Steven Furtick- The thirst trap)and I would highly recommend you watch it. After watching it I decided to look at John 4:1-26 (a passage he uses). This passage tells about when Jesus met the Samaritan women at a well.
John 4: 7-8
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
Jesus goes over to this women physically thirsty and asks for a drink. It is important to note that in that time it was not be appropriate for a Jewish man to speak to a Samaritan women, never-mind ask her to draw water from the well. Jesus was intentional when he went to speak to her. He never let social conventions or an uncomfortable situation stop him from speaking to the women. I know for me comfort often gets in the way and this was a good reminder that God often needs us to step out of our comfort zones.
John 4: 10-15
10 Jesus answered her, “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.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “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.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Jesus tells the women that He can give her living water and that whoever drinks that water will never thirst again. The women doesn’t really understand what Jesus is saying at this point. She thinks that he is referring to physical thirstiness where was he is referring to spiritual thirstiness. We all get thirsty, we all have desires, the question is where do we go to quench the thirst. If we go to the natural (things, people money) we will get thirsty again. We will have to keep coming back to the same place over and over again. If we go to God, we don’t have to keep going back to the same place. We aren’t trapped in cycle. We get set free and can move on to the new instead of having to return to the old.
God wants us to be free so that we go forward, stepping out of our comfort zones and live purposeful lives. Don’t let the Thirst keep you trapped. Hope you enjoyed the post. I would love to know what you get out of this story 🙂
♥ Ash ♥