John 7:38-39 (NLT) Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
Are you satisfied? Completely content with your life and current conditions. Do you want to be? Of course, you do. It is the reason you get up and go about each day in hope of finding true peace and absolute satisfaction. Is it even possible? In our very creation, humanity is given eternity in their heart. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) A longing for the realization of right standing with God and fulfillment of purpose as originally designed. This is not an element of nature but representative of divine design that also provides a little tiny bit of faith to start from. Those who discover the reality of forever and use that bit of faith to work into confident hope will find satisfaction…one day.
What must one do to be truly satisfied? Jesus offered to anyone who believed the invitation to come and drink. With grace that is totally sufficient, He extends an offer to taste and see that the Lord is good. He is kind and loving filled with compassion with just one purpose. Jesus wants to give us a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10) The “living water” spoken of is the Holy Spirit who was given to us after our Savior satisfied our indebtedness to sin and freed us to live a miraculous and prosperous life. How is that going for you today? Is your life miraculous? Are you prospering? If not, you should be.
John 4:10-14 (NLT) Jesus replied, “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.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “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.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
If you come to our house to visit, during the course of our visit, I would offer you something to drink while you are here. If you express a desire for something, I would provide a cold glass of water or more likely some sweet tea. Let’s be real…we live in the South. Sitting the beverage in front of you within arm’s reach, I then settle back in the chair to continue our conversation. Now imagine, if after doing so, you continue to say that you are thirsty and need something to drink. The very thing that will satisfy you is right in front of you, but you refuse to acknowledge or even take and drink it. Whose fault is it that you are still thirsty?
We have been given Living Water. It rushes deep within in us ready to satisfy us quenching our thirsty soul. It is in us but we cannot find a way to make it come out of us. The woman at the well with Jesus couldn’t fathom how to draw such water from a deep well without a bucket or rope. Yet Jesus continued to reach out to her with what she needed most, unfailing love and unconditional grace that would create such a flow that she would never be thirsty for love or completion again. She expressed a great desire for this water. The kind where you would never be thirst and “I won’t have to come here to get water.” This is important. Though we do not obtain “water” from the same well, we must learn to access the water in our well.
John 7:40-43 (NLT) When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.” So the crowd was divided about him.
All of these people believed in the Messiah. They just were not sure this man named Jesus was the Messiah. His method was not as expected. His arrival was not as they had planned. Salvation was more than a rescue but a resurrection of life. Who could comprehend? How would they understand? Jesus would give them Living Water. It would be poured out on all mankind. Some would believe. These would become the sons and daughters of God. Disputes. Divisions. All over water rights if you will…sounds familiar.
Genesis 26:17-22 (NLT) So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down. He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death. Isaac also restored the names Abraham had given them. Isaac’s servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water. But then the shepherds from Gerar came and claimed the spring. “This is our water,” they said, and they argued over it with Isaac’s herdsmen. So Isaac named the well Esek (which means “argument”). Isaac’s men then dug another well, but again there was a dispute over it. So Isaac named it Sitnah (which means “hostility”). Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”
There was a famine in the land. The Lord came to Isaac and instructed him not to go to Egypt, but rather do as “I tell you”. He was to live as a foreigner in the land of the Philistines. The Lord promised to be with Isaac and bless him. So Isaac did just as the Lord instructed him to do. Obedience is absolutely essential to accessing the living water in our soul and releasing it to prosper our life. Obedience requires stepping out by faith in the order of God’s Planning and the precision of His Timing.
In Genesis 26:12-13, is says that when Isaac planted his crops that he harvested a hundred times more than he planted. Let’s go back to verse 1 – “a severe famine now struck the land.” What in the world? Prosperity in famine. Crazy blessing in the drought. How is it even possible? With God all things are possible if only we believe. Isaac believed the Lord and stayed where he was told to be and continued to do as he knew to do. As Isaac prospered, the people around him became jealous. They were hungry. He was not. They were thirsty. He was satisfied to the point of abundance. He was ordered to leave.
Upon his arrival to Gerar Valley, Isaac reopened the wells that Abraham, his father, had dug long ago. The Philistines had filled them in their anger and resentment. Isaac’s servants did not stop there but continued to dig and “discovered a well of fresh water.” The shepherd’s from Gerar claimed the spring. Even though he found the well, Isaac left it to them calling it Esek or “argument”. He left it behind. Isaac had another well dug. Again the shepherd’s disputed it and again Isaac abandoned it but first calling it Sitnah or “hostility”. Finally, Isaac dug a third and final well. There was no dispute over it. He named this one Rehoboth which means “open space.” He declared, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in the land.” Hang on a minute, he was already producing one-hundred fold crops in abundance. How much more did he want or need?
Natural, physical and financial prosperity was not enough for Isaac. He was in search of absolute peace. He found it in that place and would continue to dig another well. At that place, he built an altar to the Lord. There comes a time when money, resources, influence and earthly energy and human power is not enough. The more we achieve the less satisfying it becomes unless the living water within us is released to prosper us externally as our soul prospers. Isaac’s prosperity made him a powerful man. It was a time of severe famine. He had a plethora of food. Yet, as he continued his journey, it was marked with humility and peace every step of the way. Isaac did not exert his power but rather continued to dig deeper until he found the place of prosperity chosen by the Lord and prepared just for him. He would call it the “open space”. The place where Isaac would prosper in peace.
Galatians 5:17-23 (NLT) The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
The Living Water expressed in God’s Word is referring to the Holy Spirit. He is the conduit to prosperity and abundance according to God’s Design and Christ’s Provision in our life. We choose whether to pursue the “open space” where we can live according to the Fruit of the Spirit or whether we will exist on the provision of the world. The Fruit of God’s Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Obedience in Christ makes us dig deeper each day to release the wellspring of life hidden inside our soul. It allows the fresh water delivered to us in His Mercy and Grace each day to replenish the vast emptiness drained by this world. Isaac kept digging. He did not get wrapped up in arguments. He was not hindered by hostility. But rather, Isaac kept pressing into the source of life until he reached the open space where he could truly and abundantly prosper.
A life of satisfaction is marked by consistent obedience. Our eyes must be fixed on Jesus. On hearts intent on Heaven. Our mind helmeted with salvation all wrapped up in truth and fortified with thoughts higher than our own and ways beyond our comprehension. To live is Christ is die is gain becomes real when ordinary circumstances and real life do not matter compared to the hope I have in Jesus. What is the abundance in your life today? Is there famine in your land? What are you doing about it? To live the rich and satisfying life that Jesus promised is to keep digging until you overflow in Living Water, and quench that dry and thirsty soul.
Psalm 147:16-17 (NLT) When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in everything he does; He is filled with kindness.
Before God prospers us in life, He will prosper our body, mind and spirit preparing us for fulfillment. Otherwise, we will proverbially “take the money and run.” Nature satisfaction is temporary and totally dependent on one’s environment. It is only when a believer decides that there is more to life than this investing time and energy in pursuing the Kingdom of God that peace and contentment finds us completing us. I find that there is nothing in the natural that can give me the depth of satisfaction that I have in the freedom that Christ allows. Every act of obedience is met with blessing. Every step of trust carrying me closer reveals a promise. Every ounce of energy invested in pursuing more and more peace with God through His Son, Jesus is met with unfailing and unconditional love covered in amazing grace that produces abundance and prosperity in my life. Obedience opens the Hand of God. Commitment grabs His Attention. Faith connects our heart and purpose together. Now my life will prosper because Living Water flows in me. If your life is not producing and prospering as God’s Word promises, it is time to dig a little deeper. It’s in there…
I Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT) Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.