John 4:14 (ESV)
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
“Sir, give me this water” the Samaritan woman said, in John 4:16. Sir… Give me this water! At some point or another, each of us has had a moment with Jesus, that went something like the scenario between Jesus and the woman at the well. We’ve asked Him for something, not realizing that His Spirit is all that we need. Like the woman coming to draw water. We go about our daily schedules. I don’t know about you, but to me, routines can get old… tiring. Like the Samaritan woman, I’m like, “Lord, if there’s a better way, hook me up!” She was like, if she wouldn’t have to come draw water, better yet, if Jesus had some water that quenched thirst forever, she needed for Jesus to put her on! Hook a sister up! I know that’s how she felt because I’ve been there. He’s told me things and it has went completely over my head, because I didn’t understand the depth of what He was telling me at the time. I’ve asked Him for something, not realizing that His Spirit was really what I needed, but God looks beyond the natural. He’s a supernatural God. Sometimes our soul is crying out for one thing and we’re totally oblivious, so we try to suffice that need with the things of this world or people, and sometimes, well oftentimes we are simply seeking a better way. A better way, according to our own way of thinking. During these times we need to remind ourselves of this scripture, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).” Thank God that He doesn’t look at our situation and give to us, He looks at our hearts and supplies our needs. One of those needs are His peace. If it wasn’t, Jesus wouldn’t have left us with it. He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).” God knew that there were some things we’d go through in life that would have us asking Him, to “Give us this water.” In other words, “Give us a better way. Give us an easier way.” Our better way is more money, a husband, wife, family, success, health, wealth etc… Are any of these “better ways” wrong? Well, if we look at them to provide us peace, yes. Let’s keep it real. Some us of has tied our happiness to these very things. We think acquiring certain things, or status makes life better, easier or more peaceful, but it doesn’t without the peace that comes from the Holy Spirit. There’s a saying, “No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.” No matter what life throws our way, when Jesus lives in our hearts, we are content. You can be a millionaire and not be content (at peace) because life isn’t about the things of this world and the things of this world was never meant to fill that void that we’ve all had before accepting Christ and allowing His Spirit to live and work in us. His Spirit gives us peace and security like no other. So, today, think about something you may have asked God for or something that He has promised you. Have you been looking at things from a natural perspective? Have you limited God by your own way of thinking? Sometimes we take off with what He said, without giving any thought to what He’s saying. “My God shall supply all my needs,” oh, we love Philippians 4:19. We love any scripture that sounds good! We take off with it, as we should, not just feel good scriptures though, we should do this with every scripture, but not without understanding. Proverbs 4:7, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” It’s very important that we take to heart what God is saying! He’s not saying, you’ll get everything you want. He’s not saying, things will always go your way. He’s not saying we won’t have struggles, bad days, disappointments or failed plans. He is saying, even in the midst of these things, He will provide us with everything we need. That’s why when life hits us hard, as children of God we can still stand in His power and declare His promises. 2 Peter 1:3, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” It’s all about His Spirit at work within us! When you have the Spirit of God, you can speak boldly like David when He said, in Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I shall not want, because God lives in me, therefore I have everything I need. Period. He provides naturally and supernaturally and because I’ve received His Spirit, I will never thirst again!