Sugary Drinks for the Soul

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk, without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me, hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.” Isaiah 55:1-3

Have you ever experienced a time when you were really thirsty and you drank something like kool-aid or soda to try to quench your thirst? I don’t know about you, but when I’m really thirsty, those sugary drinks just won’t cut it, I need straight up water! Studies have shown that sugary drinks can actually dehydrate us and leave us feeling even more thirsty than before.

Cold glass with cola and ice cubes

That idea is similar to what this week’s verse is saying. In life, there are many things we chase after or expect to quench our thirst, to fulfill us. Take, for example,

1. Money or position – We think that having a big salary or getting that next promotion will satisfy us. Once we get there, we still want more.

2. Relationships – We think that meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right will fulfill us. Yet, those people will make mistakes and let us down (because we are all imperfect people!). Or, marriage sometimes doesn’t seem as easy as we thought it was and we end up in divorce, feeling completely unfulfilled.

3. Stuff – We see our neighbors with their new car and think we need to top it. We need to have the biggest house, the prettiest decorations, the newest gadget to impress our friends. But once we buy it, we see the next big thing we need. It never ends!

4. Drugs or alcohol – We crave the fix that we get from these substances. Yet, afterward, many end up dependent and see their lives crashing around them. What they thought would fulfill them has actually controlled them.

5. Doing, doing, doing – We find fulfillment in being busy. The more things we can fit on the calendar, the greater we feel about ourselves. But when it’s all said and done, we end up feeling exhausted, burnt out, and bitter towards those very same appointments we made to boost us up.

6. Family – We pour our whole lives into our family. We give our kids everything. We find fulfillment in them. Which, it’s certainly not wrong to care for your family and kids!! But our kids grow up and will lead their own lives one day. When they have grown up and moved out, in what state will you find yourself? Did you spend all your time pouring into them at the cost of your own marriage, or at the sake of neglecting your own soul?

What else might we be chasing after? In what do you find your identity? We all thirst for meaning in our lives, how are you quenching that thirst?

And, how empty do you feel?

Empty

In this week’s verses, God is telling us that only He can fulfill that thirst we have for something greater. He asks us, “Why are you toiling after something that doesn’t satisfy you?” and he beckons us, “Come to me, I will fill your soul up like nothing else can.”

If we would only turn away from all the enticing things of this world, we would find a water that quenches our thirst like none other can. That is Jesus Christ, who called himself the Living Water. Jesus was talking to a Samaritan woman at a well when he 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)

God is beckoning us to drink a water that will truly satisfy. He loves us so much! He doesn’t want to see us laboring after things that will leave us feeling empty in the end. He is extending his Living Water to us…will you drink it?

water

Questions for Thought:

1. Do you believe that you can find satisfaction in things other than Jesus Christ? How is that working for you? Will you take a moment to be honest with yourself and with God…do you really feel fulfilled?

2. Even those who have already chosen to accept and believe in Jesus still sometimes start chasing after things that don’t satisfy our thirst. Is there something that you have been trying to find fulfillment in other than God lately? This week, seek God first and foremost. Spend some extra time with God, maybe through prayer, reading your Bible, or worshipping through song.

If you want to learn more about what it means to find fulfillment in Jesus, you can read here!

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