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My Unquenchable Thirst
• READ: JOHN 4:7-15; 7:37-38
I stand in a large room, staring at a table. About twenty cups, ranging from jeweled goblets to simple glasses, are arranged before me.
I walk to the table and pick up the biggest, fanciest goblet. The word Money is laid out in beautiful jewels. The drink inside tastes like soda. It satisfies my thirst for a moment, but soon my mouth is dry once again.
I take another cup, this one engraved with the word Popularity. It is full of another type of soft drink. It tastes wonderful for a second, but then, once again, I am thirsty.
I drink from several more glasses, tasting Power, Lust, and Control. Another, which reads, Good Works, is filled to the brim with water mixed with a drink powder. None of the drinks satisfy me. I am always left dry.
But what is this? Hidden behind an ornate goblet is a humble mug with the words Salvation in Jesus painted on it. It’s filled with...water? That doesn’t seem as good as soda. But nothing else has worked.
I taste the water in the mug. It is good! I take another sip and another. I drink the whole mug. And then, a few minutes later, I am no longer thirsty! The water has quenched my unquenchable thirst!
• What “cups” do you drink to try to give you happiness?
• Have any of them quenched your desire for happiness?
• What is the only “drink” that can satisfy your longing for happiness?
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-38 (NKJV)
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Peace Beyond Understanding
• READ: COLOSSIANS 3:1-17
Relax your shoulders. Take a deep breath and let out the tension you’ve been holding. Feel any better?
God calls Himself “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). And one way He provides comfort is by giving His peace to His children through Christ. His peace goes beyond our understanding—showing up even when we face less-than-peaceful situations.
Have you ever encountered someone who
has lost a loved one yet still speaks about feeling
Jesus’ peace? This doesn’t mean they aren’t grieving or they feel no emotions. Rather, God’s peace is a way God meets His children *in the midst of* their grief.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus calls all people to come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28-30). His rest goes beyond a simple power nap. God’s rest is for your whole self—rest from the guilt, shame, and slavery of sin’s power. It’s a rest rooted in truth: you are saved if your is faith in Jesus Christ. He promises to be with you through anything you face, and He will one day make all things new, free from the suffering caused by sin and death (Revelation 21:1-5).
Take a moment and realize that, if you know Jesus, you have rest and peace in Him. He loves you and will give you comfort in His presence and promises, no matter what you’re facing.
• What is causing you stress or worry?
• How have you seen peace beyond understanding in your life? In someone else’s life?
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (CSB)