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I call it soda. Some call it pop. Still others call it soda pop. There are a few who call everything that’s carbonated and caramelized either Coke or Pepsi, regardless of its flavor — unless it’s clear — and then it’s Sprite or 7-Up. Whatever your local vernacular mandates, I think you know what I’m talking about.
For many years now, Americans have had a torrid love affair with soda. There’s nothing that tastes better on a hot summer day than to come into the house from the sweltering heat, grab your favorite ice-cold soda, flop down on the couch, and just let the summer heat dissolve into that sweet carbonation.
As I was praying this morning, the Lord began to speak to me about “Spiritual Soda.” Don’t write me off as a nutcase just yet; stick with me. I have been feeling very dry lately with life in general. And it seems like the more I try to satiate my thirst, the thirstier I get. It’s as if some big joke is being played on me, and I don’t have the sense to stop and figure out what’s going on. But anyone who has ever felt that way and then gone to God for the answers can tell you, He always puts His finger on the problem and helps you work your way out of it.
He began to show me that all the things I was filling my life with, trying to quench my thirst, are like soda. You know what I mean. It tastes great at first and initially, you are satisfied. But within just a few minutes of finishing the first one, your mouth gets all pasty again and you need another drink. The more you drink, the thirstier you get.
God has created each human being with an innate desire to reach beyond ourselves for fulfillment. He knows, and every true believer in Jesus Christ knows, that thirst is satisfied only in Him.
Jesus, in speaking with the woman at the well, said,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (NIV).
Since Adam and Eve sinned and were thrust out of God’s perfect garden, mankind has been in an eternally futile struggle to replace our need for God’s living water with anything else. Satan is more than happy to oblige by inundating us with “soda” of every color and flavor. But God has been there all along, pleading with us, holding out His hands to us, longing for us to come back to Him. He knows, because He created us, that only His water can refresh us.
You may be saying the same thing the woman said to Jesus some 2,000 years ago: “Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus is the Living Water. If you are thirsty and tired of chugging the spiritual soda that never really quenches your thirst, all you have to do is stop wherever you are and cry out to God from your heart. Everyone who sincerely looks for God will find Him.
"For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; 'he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'"
Come. Take a drink of the water God is offering to you.
Copyright © Paul Dailey. Used by permission.
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