Some years ago when I was employed by IBM, I had a coworker named Benny. Benny was known for saying “I need a drank” at the end of hectic work days. He said that there was difference between “a drink and a drank.” A drink to him was a nonalcoholic beverage and a drank was a beverage laced with alcohol.
We all have those frustrating and hectic days wherein at the end, we have a choice between wanting a drink or a drank! As I pondered this, I thought about the Samaritan woman at the well in the Gospel of John, chapter 4. This woman came to draw water from a well to quench her thirst. When she came to the well, she encountered Jesus who offered her more than a drink of well water. He offered her a drink of “living water.”
This Samaritan woman was thirsty, but hers was more than just a natural thirst. She had a thirst in her soul that she had tried in vain to quench with one failed relationship after another. She had been married five times and was currently living with a man. She was suffering a burning, spiritual thirst that was masked by the emotional longing of her soul.
There are so many people that are thirsty these days and they misunderstand their yearning. They attempt to satisfy a spiritual thirst by physical, emotional, and intellectual means, only to find their craving increases each time they drink from polluted wells. Jesus offers us that “living water” wherein our deepest thirst is sated. Jesus ultimately led her to a place of worship so that the living water he told her of could be released in her life.
What are you thirsting for today? It can be a sexual thirst, an emotional thirst, a thirst for significance, acceptance, approval, or increase. Whatever the thirst, if we are not drinking from the living water that the Holy Spirit freely gives, our thirst will never be quenched.
The kind of thirst that we need is a thirst for righteousness. Think about it for a minute. Do you need a drink?