Many people are seeking rest. We look forward to the end of the day, to weekends, and even to holidays. Yet even when our body rests physically, our mind and our heart are often not at rest. And then, on Monday, we have to return to school or to work. How can we find true rest, complete satisfaction, and full enjoyment?
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At the start of each new year, many people resolve to drop bad habits and pick up good habits. But did it work last year? Will it work this year? How many times have we made resolutions: to not get angry, to not eat that last piece of chocolate, to be more assertive, to be a better husband, wife, parent, or child? We try our best and may succeed for a while, but eventually something causes us to fail. Then we comfort ourselves by saying, “There is always next year.” Making and breaking resolutions year after year, have you ever considered that what we need is more than a new year’s resolution?
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The Bible reveals that man is thirsty. This is why he continually seeks countless things to satisfy himself, such as knowledge, diplomas, careers, money, sports, music, entertainment, parties, relationships, etc.
Although he drinks this “water,” he is not truly, lastingly satisfied but rather is left empty, dry, and thirsty. Thus, he must seek more “water,” proving that he was left unsatisfied and is still thirsty. Jesus’ words explain man’s experience: “Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again” (John 4:13). How then can our thirst be quenched?
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