LESSON 4 – Come Thirsty To The Stream
“If any man thirsts, let him come unto me and drink” – John 7:37
To thirst is to feel the urge (or need) to drink. In other words, it is to have or show a strong desire for something.
Sometimes i ask, is it possible for to make us drink without being thirsty. The answer is No. God respects us so much, He doesn’t even give his spiritual blessings to those who do not it. Matter of fact, He gives nothing to those who do not ask for it.
You may had had experiences of receiving miracles you never prayed for. Truth is, you may never have prayed for them directly, but before any outpour, there’s always a thirst, there’s a hunger, there’s a covering.
For example, Bible says in the last verse of 1 Corinthians chapter 12 that we should covet earnestly the best gifts. That’s to say, develop thirst and hunger for the best gifts. But He didn’t stop. He quickly added – “I will show you a more excellent way” chapter 13 then introduces us to the episode of love, as that more excellent way. In other words, to love is the thirst to be developed in order to receive spiritual gifts.
We learnt in the second lesson that we’re in the Last Days.
So, what then does it mean to thirst? The answer is found in psalms 42 verses 1 to 2. Please, let me read that in the NIV version.
- As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
The evidence of thirst is a desperate search for God’s presence. The sign of hunger for God is to stand in reverence of him anytime and every time , knowing that all issues are resolved the moment we find Him.
That thirst we’re taking about is the starting point of all our worship of Him. It’s the licence to bliss with God. There’s is a river, indeed, there is a river. And the moment you drink from Him, you never thirst anymore, because that which drink will become in you a river of life, of living waters, flowing unto eternal life.
What exactly I’m I talking about. I really don’t know if words can explain it, but I believe God for a transfer of that thirst to you, because indeed it’s a mystery. Please note that thirst and hunger both go together, so in scriptures we can use them interchangeably. They both mean an earnest but supernatural desire to be with God always.
This is a huge topic, because it defines our very relationship with him. In seeking God, we get answers to all of our questions. In chasing after Him, everything chases after him (Mat 6:33). To know how deep this issue of thirst is, let’s hear Jesus talk about it in John 4:13-14
- Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
- But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
In verse 13, He says, anyone who drinks of a certain water will thirst again. It means you cannot really get the best from life without this thirst. Those other waters talk about everything the world does to have satisfaction, and approval. Education, money and all. Christians are not called to be good people only, many unbelievers have good characters. You should exemplify the life of Jesus, but please don’t be deceived, you can’t achieve that of yourself. You need to thirst after him, to receive the grace to be everything he wants you to be. Your education and affiliations notwithstanding, all of those, are the other waters that Jesus talked about in John 4:13, you will thirst again. Meaning, nothing really satisfies in life, the more of earthly pleasures you have, the more you crave. When the doctors heal you, they still give you drugs to maintain your health. But when you thirst for His healing and He heals you, it is permanent. He tells you not to return to what pulled you down.
But then in the very next verse, John 4:14, He quickly introduces what happens when you show the kind of thirst we’re talking about here. Listen to him.
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Now, that’s what this thirst gets you. It brings you the best of God. Because instead of worrying about what he has to give you, you instead strive to drink as much as possible of his love, of his spirit, and of his grace already available to you and a 24 hour stretch everyday.
Christianity is not a periodic exercise. It’s a regimented life of love, both for God and for men. If a life of dedication by faith, to continues leading from the Holy spirit. Its a life of total worship. At it’s core, it’s a life with Jesus!
Already, we have seen that John 4:14 is exactly what Jesus meant when He stood and cried out in John 7:37 that if any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink and in verse 38, He repeats exactly what he said in John 4:14
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
SO THEN, WE DEDUCE THAT THIS THIRST CREATES IN YOU, RIVERS OF LIVING WATERS.
But what does that mean also. What is the river of living water?
Water is the antidote for survival. Water represents sustenance.
Water is healing
Where there’s not health, money is useless.
Nothing survives on earth without water. The atmosphere itself thrives on water. God firmed the earth out of water.
So, God himself is that water. Telling us to cone and drink from the stream is inviting us to the best life ever. A life wired to live with God only. A life with Christ.
We do continue with this in the next lass!