Today's devotion is based on John 7:37-38, "On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"
There are many other kinds of thirst than for water. There is the thirst for meaning in your life—the desire to know that what you do makes a difference, that life is more than just empty posturing before you die, and everything is lost. There is the thirst for the presence of God—the desire to be close to Him who made us and continues to care and provide for us. There is the thirst for life—not just mere existence, but real, abundant, overflowing life, filled with joy and a sense of purpose.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live with us forever at Pentecost. What wonderful gifts! With the Holy Spirit living in us, we will never again go thirsty for meaning or life or God's own presence. Jesus made this possible when He went to the cross for our sake. By His suffering and death, He set us free from the power of sin and the devil, and by His resurrection, He gave us everlasting life and final victory over death.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit so that we can receive Jesus, the Living Water. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.