“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’” John 7:37-38
I’ve had seasons of spiritual vitality—I’m connecting with God, using my gifts and investing in others; life feels like an adventure with the Spirit. But I’ve also had seasons of spiritual drought—I’m distracted and restless; prayer feels like a chore, and I’m not focused on encouraging others.
Most of these dry spells have resulted from my own neglect. I’ve allowed entertainment to sneak in and usurp my affection for God: a new science fiction drama, a novel, a hobby, wasting time on the internet—the list goes on. I’m choosing to drink salt water while Jesus is offering spring water.
Jesus spoke these famous words on the last day of the feast. They’d been living it up for days, with bellies full of food and wine. But Jesus knew entertainment wouldn’t satisfy their deepest needs. So He made sure to get their attention. He stood and spoke in a loud voice, passionately offering them true satisfaction.
Jesus is standing up and shouting out that same offer to you today. Can you hear him? Or are you perhaps too distracted drinking the dribble of this world? Have you allowed something to sneak in and wither up your affection for God?
Dear Jesus, I surrender my distractions to You today. Help me treasure You most of all. I commit to finding true satisfaction in You. May Your Spirit well up inside of me until I’m fully enjoying You and walking in the good works You’ve prepared for me. Amen.
If your passion for God has been drained due to entertainment, hobbies or other interests, prayerfully identify which activity has received too much of your focus. Take a fast from it and use that time to connect with God instead. Fast for as long as God shows you.
Have you ever prayed this? "Please Disturb Me, Jesus."