JOHN | He is able to fulfill what is lacking. { DAY SEVEN }

READ: JOHN SEVEN; NUMBERS 20:2-13

“Jesus cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” {John 7:37-38, ESV}

Is there a help you are longing for right now?  A desirous thirst you can’t seem to quench on your own?

Comfort through a difficult season? Strength for a hard conversation or challenging relationship in your life? A resource to meet a need? Wisdom to know how to respond to a current circumstance or situation?

What are you thirsty for?  It’s hard to ignore when we are thirsty, am I right?  Dehydration causes our bodies scream at us for a drink.  In the same way, when we are desperate for help in troubled times or a special resource to aid in our circumstances that same sort of desirous thirst wells up inside us.

Wandering in uncertainty, unsure where they were going, and uncomfortable with where they were; the Israelites grumbled and quarreled with the Lord. They didn’t have water to drink and they were thirsty.

“These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the Lord, and through them, he showed himself holy.” {Numbers 20:13, ESV}

God showed himself faithful when he instructed Moses to take his staff and strike a rock at Horeb, releasing an outpour of fresh water to drink. However, because Moses and Aaron failed to uphold the Lord as holy during their sojourning, they were not able to lead the people into the Promise Land.  The consequence of their lack of belief in the wilderness prevented Moses from entering the very destination he had been called to lead the people to for so many years.

The weight of Moses’ consequence for unbelief hits my heart like a dagger every time I read this story in Scripture because I know how often I try to do things in my own strength.

When we try to quench our own thirst we walk in unbelief that God is able to fulfill our every desire. Click To Tweet

Fast forward to today’s text, on the last day of the feast of the Tabernacle, it was customary for the rabbi to walk from the Temple to the pool of Siloam, draw water in gold vases, bring it back and pour it out over the burnt offerings in worship.  It symbolized the spiritual satisfaction and sanctification God provides and would serve as a reminder of the faithfulness in the wilderness at the rock of Horeb.

At this particular feast, however, Jesus the Great High Priest, was present and to make this situation just a little awkward, the people gathered at the feast were questioning whether or not he was, in fact, the promised Messiah. The timing of their unbelief and Jesus public proclamation could not have happened at a more perfect time; paralleling these two stories.  In the middle of this ceremony, Jesus shouts aloud “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”

Can you imagine?  They are worshiping God, and a person who may or may not be the Messiah interrupts their sacred ritual, spouting promises to be the One to quench their thirst.

Come, let’s drink from the Living Water which is the Holy Spirit.  As believers we have this Spirit dwelling within us, flowing and streaming and gushing out of us with every spiritual blessing we could ever need!  So often we only tap the Holy Spirit spout in moments of desperate need but God says, I want to be the satisfaction that is a never ending stream throughout your whole life, all day, and every day. Trust it!

What do you need?

Let the Lord quench your thirst today.  Allow Him to be the satisfaction in your heart and the fulfiller of what’s lacking. “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Reflect:

  • Do you have a need for something you know the Lord is able to provide but you’ve somehow grown weary to believe He will?
  • List all the ways the Holy Spirit can help you today?
  • What is one way you can quicken your response to believe and trust the Lord for what you need?

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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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