Everyone enjoys free things. People who don’t have a lot of money, as well as those who are well-off. I can’t think of one person, regardless of their financial standing, who wouldn’t be thrilled if we could somehow get all of our food at absolutely no cost to us. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, nor do I think it ever will be. Yet, this offer is still at hand.
“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” John 4:13-14.
“But He said to [His disciples], ‘I have food to eat of which you do not know.’ Therefore His disciples said to one another, ‘Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” John 4:32-34.
Every single person on this earth has the chance, the choice, to take of the food that will never run out and the water which shall never run dry. Like I said, food and water are not free. But Jesus Christ bought these spiritual nourishments for us on the cross. He paid the price. Now we can eat and drink of eternal life.
He paid for all we could ever need, yet we are still wasting our money on that which “does not satisfy”. It would be like having a gift card to a grocery store that will never run out. No matter how much you spend, there will always be money on that card. But you, being aware that you could purchase whatever you need at whatever time, go to a different store and buy things there, instead. Why would anyone do this? The food and all the products at the store you have a gift card to are the best of the best. The finest quality. All the other stores around have questionable products. They look good, but they always break. The produce is rotten on the inside. Why would you spend your money there?
This is what humanity does. We settle for less. We are content with mediocre, or just plain bad. We’re comfortable with filth. We turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, people, our own darkness, to fill us. But they absolutely never will. We are given the gift, free and undeserved, of that which will satisfy forever. We will never hunger or thirst again if we accept life in Jesus Christ- if we have a personal relationship with Him. He is all that is good. We can rest and remain in Him and His love which will never end. It is only then that our souls can delight in abundance. This requires a mere step of faith: a surrender and total letting go of our lives and what we want.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways”, says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts”. Isaiah 55:8-9
Application: With John 4:34 in mind, I will write a reflection on what I have looked to for satisfaction in the past, and what I look to now.