“To know You is to experience a flowing fountain,
drinking in Your life, springing up to satisfy.”
(Psalm 36:9 TPT)
Gone are the days when we were just spectators of God’s mighty wonders displayed before our very eyes. We have come to realize that to know ABOUT Him amounts to nothing. It is our intimate and experiential knowledge OF Him and His great love for us is what makes us trust Him and causes us to live for Him. We cannot trust whom we do not know. Therefore, we have been issued an invitation minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day to know Him by the power of His Word and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
We may wonder and say, “where do we start?” Well, with God, there are no formulas to follow. He knows everything there is to know about us. He has already examined our innermost being with His loving gaze. He is so intimately aware of our every need and knows exactly when and how to manifest His provision. And because He so wonderfully knows us, He SURELY knows when He will unveil our eyes to see His goodness that will overwhelm our hearts and changes the way we think of Him and of ourselves. When He lifts our heads from being weighed down facing our challenges alone, in and of our own ability, and we come face to face with Him, then our new journey begins.
“To know You is to experience a flowing fountain, drinking in Your life, springing up to satisfy.” (Psalm 36:9 TPT)
Where then can we find this flowing fountain? Remember the Samaritan woman at the well whom Jesus asked for a drink of water?
Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” Surprised, she said, “Why would a Jewish man ask a Samaritan woman for a drink of water?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew who I am and the gift that God wants to give you—you’d ask me for a drink, and I would give to you living water.”
The woman replied, “But sir, you don’t even have a bucket and this well is very deep. So where do you find this ‘living water’? Do you really think that you are greater than our ancestor Jacob who dug this well and drank from it himself, along with his children and livestock?” Jesus answered, “If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!”
There is only One Who can SATISFY the longings of our hearts and His name is Jesus Christ. No amount of possessions nor achievements we have that can make us whole and complete. Those will just drive us to be greedy for more and find ourselves in an unending and unsatisfying pursuit that leads to nothingness.
But the Lord our God is rich in mercy and abounding in love that He gave us the Darling of Heaven, Jesus Christ, because He so loves us. He knows that only in Christ alone will we find rest as we trust in Him. He knows that only in Him we may have life and have it more abundantly, with nothing-missing, nothing-lacking in our lives. It is He that fills us with His FULLNESS and causes us to overflow continuously.
The Lord’s way to satisfy us is way beyond what we can think or imagine. It is only BY GRACE through faith that no one can boast. It is an unmerited, unearned and undeserved. It is a GIFT that one can only believe and receive.
Going back to the Samaritan woman at the well. Was she deserving? NO! In fact she had five husbands yet the one she was with was not her husband. Was she qualified? NO! She was a Samaritan who wondered why Jesus Who was a Jew spoke to her. Did she need to do something to earn it? NO! Jesus said, “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.” (John 4:10) Did she feel condemned? NO! Because Jesus is the greatest expression of our Father’s love Who only desires to restore the lost and brings them back home to His loving embrace.
This is the gospel of PEACE, us peaceably reconciled back into the loving arms of our Father, redeeming us from being wonderers and wanderers and into being sons and daughters of the Most High God.
Mind you, after the Samaritan woman’s love encounter with Jesus, she left her water pot, the primary reason why she came to the well. She received what was spoken to her and drank the water that Jesus gave her that became in her a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.
She went back to the city and instantly became an “evangelist”. Her love encounter with Jesus qualified her to do so.
“Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.” (John 4:29-30)
“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” (John 4:39-42)
Once we are satisfied in His presence, such divine satisfaction will overflow to those around us. As He makes Himself known to us as we spend more and more time in the secret place of His presence, we can make Him known.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus, the GIFT and GIVER of life. Thank You, Jesus, for withholding nothing, not even Yourself, that we may come to the knowledge of the truth of what it means to live an overflowing and everlasting life. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for continually revealing to us Who Jesus is. Whom He sets FREE is FREE indeed. Amen!