Read John 4:1-38. Yesterday, I suggested coming home to Jesus satisfies our souls greatest longings. So why is it that many Christians still feel so dissatisfied with life?
If you look at many Christians today – me included – you might conclude they are as unhappy and dissatisfied as anyone else over feelings of low self-esteem, a lack of love in their lives, of loneliness. They seem to struggle as many others do over sex, money, work and their position in life. What’s that about?
Did Jesus overstate his claim to be the Living Water that could satisfy us fully? Or is it because, like the woman at the well, we’ve misunderstood what Jesus is saying to us?
When Jesus told the woman he could give her water so she would never be thirsty again, she was thrilled! Imagine never again having to make the long journey in the midday sun to draw water from this well. Now all her needs would be met from this man’s gift!
But Jesus didn’t promise an escape from life. He promised freedom within life. In fact, later he would tell his followers they should expect trouble in their lives (John 16:33). But he also promised he would overcome them all.
We may experience the same problems and worries as many other people do, but the presence of Jesus in our lives makes a significant difference in the ways we respond to them. Jesus gives us the spiritual power we need to face the challenges of everyday life. And one day he will hand us the ultimate victory!
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
•How does Jesus strengthen you to face the challenges in your life?