We have to watch what we thirst for. We can thirst for attention, love, approval, if we’re not given that as children, we’ll seek it somewhere. God wants us to seek it from Him. I sought it from somewhere else, Ishmael to be exact, and God certainly made sure I knew He wasn’t pleased.
In fact, He sounded jealous.
The story is told in Chapter 47 Why drink water from the River?
A jealous God? Why? Are we really that important to Him? Yeah. Look at the cross. He has invested everything in us. Oprah turned from Him because “it didn’t sit right in her spirit that he was a jealous God”. That’s where Oprah got it wrong. He wasn’t jealous OF her, He was jealous FOR her.
The Lord wants us to thirst for HIM.
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink” He asks. He was jealous because He wanted me to look for Him in the desert.
Jesus told the woman He met at the well, “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
He is the only one who can promise us that “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst. The water that I shall give will become a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13