Who is like You Lord in all the earth?
Matchless love and beauty, endless worth
Nothing in this world can satisfy
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry
Treasure of my heart and of my soul
In my weakness you are merciful
Redeemer of my past and present wrongs
Holder of my future days to come.
The words of this song from Israel & New Breed really ministered to me one night in church.
It echoed in my heart and woke me up the following morning. It encouraged me to drink deep from the Lord and focus my heart on Him. It helped me look beyond everything I felt was not exactly where it should be in my life at the time and focus my eyes on my Jesus!
My reflections took me to Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well as recounted by the Apostle John:
“Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.””
(John 4:10-14 )
Jesus is the only true source we can drink from and never thirst. Sometimes we live our lives in pursuit of something to quench our thirst. It may be a thirst for love, connection, recognition, acceptance, success, power, authority etc but how long can those things sustain us? When that love relationship turns sour, when the one who professes devotion now expresses revulsion that cup can no longer sustain our lives
The cup of love from friends, spouses, family can run dry, leaving you hurt, broken and disillusioned; the cup of success could be emptied in the twinkle of an eye, leaving you disappointed and knocked out; the cup of power can slip right out of your hands and leave you with no anchor to hold onto.
This woman at the well Jesus encountered had been drinking from the cup of relationship or love that never seemed to be fulfilling enough. At first when Jesus offered her living water, she jumped at the opportunity to resolve an embarrassing situation, which was the shame she felt each time she had to encounter people on the way to the well. We can imagine the wagging tongues of other women and the accusing and disdainful looks she attracted. She was looking for a way out of that. A temporary relief.
However, Jesus was reaching out with so much more than she could ask for! Jesus was reaching out with living water, with redemption from her past and present wrongs. He was ministering to her heart to understand that all she really needed, all her soul really craved was in Him, the Living Water! She was looking for love, connection and fulfilment but five husbands and more hadn’t done it for her. Jesus saw an opportunity to draw this woman into His love, His heart and His mercy. The story ends with a woman who once avoided the people transformed into a woman who was now an ardent evangelist, unashamed to face the crowd (and most likely her one-time accusers) to share with them how the Living Water had quenched her thirst and given her a new lease of life!
That Jesus is still reaching out today. He says;
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Rest for your soul cannot and will not be in any man, woman, title, position etc. Rest for your soul and a deep fulfilment in life comes from staying connected to the Source of life Himself, Jesus our Redeemer, our Burden-Bearer, our Living Water!
Other cups we drink from can fail us. One day that position can be lost, that friendship can turn sour, that organization can kick you out, that job could be taken from you, but the cup Jesus invites us to is an everlasting source of refreshment that never runs out. You may be reading this and find yourself in that place where you realize the cup you were drinking from has run dry. I encourage you to turn to Jesus!
Jesus invites you to drink deep from the cup He sets before you; it’s the cup of life; it’s Jesus Himself! The one who gives true meaning to life and satisfies our thirst forever not just in this life but with a promise of eternity!