“No Better Replenishment”
By Zach Wood
John 4:13-14 NIV
Jesus answered, “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.”
I am absolutely amazed and baffled by all the things that continue to promise fulfillment and refreshment in this world today. It seems no matter where I look, I’m seeing things that promise replenishment only end up delivering a greater thirst to search for something more.
I see food advertised promising to make the stomach happy, but is terrible in nutrition. I see beverages promised to quench thirst, but when I choose to drink them, I’m still left thirsty. I see ads for electronics that sound like a great deal and would make me happy, but then I see something even better a day later and want that instead.
No matter where I look for replenishment, I never seem to find anything that completely leaves me satisfied and feeling wonderful. Often I find myself chasing after all that the world promises will make me feel great and make me happy. If I just have this thing or buy that food or get that product, I will finally have it all and feel better.
No matter what I have chased after, I never feel replenished unless I am chasing after God and His replenishment. You’d think after all these years, I’d finally stop chasing after worldly desires, but I’m human and I just keep falling for the false promises that all these other things will somehow suffice.
This is a powerful encounter Jesus has with a woman at the well. She keeps wondering and seeking to find true satisfaction. Jesus finally offers her real replenishment, but she doesn’t quite “get it”. Before we nod in agreement and point our fingers at her, we need to realize that each one of us is in her shoes everyday. We all chase after something other than God to find replenishment and we ALWAYS come back dry and wanting something else.
No one will ever satisfy or replenish us like Jesus Christ, the true source of fulfillment in life. We can search and search and search and we will never find anything else more satisfying than Him. When will we learn?