COME AND DRINK
John 4:10,14 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 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.
This is one of the most life changing passages of scripture. The woman in the story represents all of us on our pursuit. “Pursuit of what?” you might ask. Why, the pursuit of happiness. After all that is what we are all looking for. We may not admit it, but that is what our lives have always been about. The woman in this story had bought into the age old lie, if I can just marry the right guy, then I will be set. It is not just the American dream but the dream in every woman’s heart. All she ever wanted was to be loved and to have her basic needs met, but it never happened. After marrying five men, the next time she didn’t even bother with an official marriage. “What is the use?” she thought. They are all alike, I will just be disappointed again. That’s when she met this different kind of man, that’s when she fell into the joy she had always wanted, that’s when she was surprised by joy. Check out Charles Spurgeon’s comments on this spiritual drinking.
“Pity expressed herself most plainly, for Jesus cried, which implies not only the loudness of his voice, but the tenderness of his tones. He entreats us to be reconciled. We pray you, says the Apostle, as though God did beseech you by us. What earnest, pathetic terms are these! How deep must be the love which makes the Lord weep over sinners, and like a mother woo his children to his bosom! Surely at the call of such a cry our willing hearts will come.
Provision is made most plenteously; all is provided that man can need to quench his soul’s thirst. To his conscience the atonement brings peace; to his understanding the gospel brings the richest instruction; to his heart the person of Jesus is the noblest object of affection; to the whole man the truth as it is in Jesus supplies the purest nutriment. Thirst is terrible, but Jesus can remove it. Though the soul were utterly famished, Jesus could restore it.”
Have you ever been surprised by joy? In the least likely of places, you had looked every where else, but suddenly joy met you in the presence of the Lord. Jesus promised this woman a joy that would never go away, a joy that is birthed in intimacy with God, a joy that is fired in the furnace of worship. After all, God is seeking worshipers, the surprise is that in this place of worship our quest for joy is finally realized, because in His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures evermore.