JOHN | Thwart disappointment and spring-up satisfaction. {DAY FOUR}

READ:  JOHN FOUR

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.  The water what I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” {John 4:13-14, ESV}

What satisfies you?  

I went through a season recently where nothing was satisfying. No activity, relationship, meal, or thing that presented itself in front of me would bring any sense of enjoyment.  I felt dried up and emotionless inside, perpetually grasping for the next thing to fill the gaping whole of discontentment growing inside me. I would engage in activities that used to bring me so much joy but had become dull and uninteresting. I would sit before a great meal unable to taste it. A physical embrace felt distant and cold. Encouragement would go in one ear and out the other without being received.

In this dry season, I could completely relate to Julia Roberts character in “Eat, Pray, Love” when she broke down and described her a lack of passion and inability to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. An absence of satisfaction that sent her on a life-changing spiritual journey to find meaning and purpose for her life.

For me, my discontentment was amplified during a particularly difficult season of singleness when in my heartache I started reaching for anything and everything that I thought would soothe the hurt in my heart instead of holding tight to God.

Discontentment is often perpetuated when I jump on the hamster wheel of choosing to self-soothe over a quenched Spirit.  I look back on this season as a time of being spiritually sharpened to remember just how empty the things of this world are compared to the complete satisfaction found in Christ alone.

Don’t get me wrong, there are joys and pleasures the Lord wants us to engage in on earth and even enjoy! Afterall…

“{Jesus} came, enjoying life.” {Matthew 11:19, Paraphrased}

But to put more stock in seeking the things of this world over the eternal satisfaction of Christ sets us up for discontentment every time.

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” -CS Lewis

The woman of Samaria went from man to man seeking satisfaction in a husband only to come up desolate every time. And empty to the point where she didn’t even bother to make man number six her husband.

Christ offers us Himself as Living Water to quench our aching souls.  He is the Living Water springing up in our lives with joy, love, comfort, redemption, forgiveness and new life!

When we drink from His Living Water we never lack satisfaction – there is an indulgent joy and a quench to our souls that is priceless.

Let’s quench our hearts thirst with His Living Water for an eternal refreshment and strength for our souls today. Pressing into Christ for ultimate satisfaction which unleashes in us greater joy and contentment in our jobs, hobbies, talents, relationships, and ultimately over our whole lives.

Lord, may we grow more and more satisfied in you with the dawning of each new day.

Reflect:

  • Are there people and things around you that you depend on for satisfaction in your life?
  • Do you have a longing in your heart you keep trying to fill but you haven’t been able to?
  • What steps could you take today towards more dependence on God to satisfy you?

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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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