By Paul Dailey
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 it’s
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 him will never thirst. Indeed, the water
I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to
eternal life (John 4:13-14).
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
2000 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.
Revelation 7:17 promises,
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.
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