The Thirst for God

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 7:37-44

In the midst of the swirling controversy about who Jesus was, he gave an amazing invitation. “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me” (v. 37).

What kind of thirst is Jesus talking about? The thirst for eternal things? A thirst for God. A desire for fulfillment? The longing for something more? An emptiness that keeps the TV on eight hours a day, if just for distraction and noise? The craving that cars, boats and houses cannot satisfy? The desire that makes people stare at the stuff they’ve accumulated and ask, “Is that all?”

It’s the thirst that sends people to fortune tellers and astrologers. It motivates people to spend $3.99 a minute calling a psychic hotline. It sends people bar-hopping and on one-night stands.

Jesus is talking about the emptiness that grips us when we are entirely alone—desperation that we are coming to the end of the road and have nothing for the final journey.

“Let anyone . . . come,” said Jesus. There are no restrictions here, no rejection because of race, nationality, social class, gender, lifestyle or morality. The only requirement is thirst the desire, the yearning, the awareness, the need.

Are you thirsty? If so, come to the water of life, the source of refreshment and life that never runs dry.


Thank you, Lord God, for satisfying our deepest needs through Jesus Christ, the well of living. In his name.