We want God to meet our needs. We want Him to heal us, comfort us and guide us.
We want Him to take care of us.
We want Him to quench our thirst. We want Him to take our dry, parched lives and fill them to overflowing with hope, purpose and significance.
So, why does it seem that He’s holding back?
The Tale of the Living Water
First, let me make it clear that God is not holding back.
He offers himself freely to you and to everyone.
Look at what Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at the well:
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Luke 4:10 NLT
Jesus tells the woman that all she has to do is ask for the gift God has for her. This same thought is echoed again by the writer of Hebrews:
For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Hebrews 11:6 AMP
So, God doesn’t hold back on anyone that sincerely seeks Him out. On the contrary, God is waiting anxiously for us to recognize Him and ask for his living water.
It Isn’t God It Is You and Me
You know the old break-up line, “It’s not you, it’s me”? Well, God probably wants to to tell us, “It’s not ME, it is definitely YOU!”
The reason we thirst is because we hold back on God not because He holds back on us.
I like how the pastor at Elevation Church puts it:
If we have the audacity to ask, God has the ability to perform.
~ Steven Furtick
Just like the woman at the well, if we want all God has to offer, then all we have to do is ask.
He’s more than willing to take us there.