Here’s the truth that recently hit me right between the eyes:
We have as much of God as we want of Him. We are as close to Him as we choose to be.
We don’t have to figure Him out or pray some magical formula or fast for 40 days. We do not have to twist God’s arm to get Him to answer us. We can have as much of Him as we earnestly want.
How to Get More of God
Look again at the woman at the well (we talked about her in the last article). After Jesus told her that He’d give her the living water, here’s her response:
“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?” Luke 4:11 NLT
She didn’t have some deep, theological understanding. She wasn’t a Bible scholar. Her life wasn’t all together.
“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband—for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” Luke 4:16-18 NLT
The woman was thirsty, but she was seeking satisfaction in all the wrong places. Notice that Jesus didn’t chastise her for any of this. He just gently lead her along to help her see the depth of her thirst.
As He made clear, there are only two prerequisites for letting God quench our thirst.
- We must recognize who He is – Of course, when we see Him in the full light of day, we immediately remove ourselves off the throne of our lives and let Him start running things. This will no doubt produce some changes, but these changes are where we’ll find the joy and peace that will quench our thirst.
- We must ask – God will not barge into our affairs. We have free will. He anxiously waits for us and He tries to reach out to us, but, in the end, it is our choice. We have to decide how much of God we want. One thing is for sure. He’ll reward us for earnestly seeking Him.
You Can Become a Wellspring of Life
Here’s one last observation I have about this story and thirsting for God. Look at what happened after the woman followed Jesus’ promptings:
Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” Luke 4:39-42 NLT
When we believe and tell others how Jesus has quenched our thirst, it has an impact on those around us. It gives them the opportunity to check Jesus out for themselves. It can change our neighborhoods, communities and even our nation.
But, it starts with you. How thirsty are YOU?