Lent Day 5: Come, Everyone Who Thirsts


Isaiah 55:1-2 ESV

55 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”   

At the time of this writing major parts of the state of Texas do not have clean drinking water. Many people are boiling water, if they can, and bottled water is being trucked in to meet the demand, if they can get to it.  What we have often taken for granted because we are so used to just walking in the kitchen and turning on the faucet. For those in Texas has now become a luxury.   And for the people of Texas, their natural thirst is not being satisfied, and maybe this has also awakened them to their thirst for something much deeper.     

Even thou they are not able to get natural water to satisfy their thirst, even if they have money to pay for it. There is a water that will satisfy their spiritual thirst, and ours, that comes at no cost to us. While this free water that gives life, and satisfies our thirst is offered free to us, it cost Jesus Christ his life to make it free to us. 

Jesus is that living water that he offers to all who come to him.  The woman at the well was looking for natural water as the people in Texas are, and with good reason.  We need water to survive in the natural, but there is a spiritual water that can only satisfy the deep longings of our hearts now and through eternity. 

John 4:13-15 ESV

13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

John 6:35 ESV

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 

John 7:37 ESV

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.

Jesus is extending an open invitation to you and me to come and drink from the fountain of life where the cost has already paid, so that we can come and drink freely. 

If you are thirsty today, not based on your money or the lack thereof, because you cannot purchase “this” water, come to the well that never runs dry.  Come to Jesus and receive his open invitation to have the thirst of your soul satisfied.   

Let’s pray,” You are the God who allows disruptions to come. While you may not cause them all, you do allow them. And it is at these times that you offer us an invitation. During this season you are offering us free drinking water of your Spirit, so we may stop and start again: Fresh water for a fresh beginning with You and in our daily relationships.   Let us take this time to reflect on the gift of your salvation that cost You everything, but has been offered to us as a free gift. Let us turn from the polluted water of the world, and seek You drink from the well of living water welling up to eternal life in our souls.  Amen. 



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