Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be completely satisfied.” Mathew 5:6
When we thirst to be in right standing with God, we will be led to abundant satisfaction. When we submit to Him, we give up our rights and instead desire to be right with God.
This thirst in the inner man can only be filled by first, admitting the Lordship of the Shepherd over our lives, second, putting to death our “wants”, and finally walking in submission and allowing Him to lead us to the well that will never run dry. We cannot come to this Living Water through the back door trying to avoid confession and repentance.
I have this hand towel that says, “All I need is Jesus and coffee.” It’s definitely funny, but in all seriousness, what have you maybe told the Lord you need in addition to Him? What maybe have you not laid down at the foot of the cross, because you are scared you will lose it?
C.S. Lewis described our fickleness; “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Jesus is offering us something far beyond what we can think or imagine, and yet we cling to “mud pies.” The Shepherd wants to lead us to Himself, He is the Water we crave and need.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13-14
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33