John 4:10-14 – “Jesus answered and said to her, “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.” 11 She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” NASU
THIRST in that land was far more than most of understand. The Negev is incredibly hot and dry and requires a constant supply of water. I am told that troops training in that region require about six gallons per day, per man. That is how the Old Testament depicts man’s thirst and need for God.
Those who know me know that I frequently will say, “Back to the beginning” as we study scripture for it is often that going back to the beginning we find the foundation which allows us to establish the doctrinal structure. Back to EDEN for I am convinced that if we do not understand Eden we will not understand the rest of the Bible leaving it disjointed and unconnected. That is where it all began for man and pictures normal man or man normal.
In the Garden man was ‘completely satisfied’ he did not have an ‘unmet need’. God satisfied his every need and longing and he experienced ultimate satisfaction in God. It was a real relationship not a theory. I contend that God puts some needs and longings that only He can fill. He completes us and we are thus drawn to Him. Adam was completely satisfied and fulfilled in God.
I contend that the greatest need of man is to be UNCONDITIONALLY LOVED. If someone who knows everything there is to know about me and yet LOVES ME that is incredible and satisfying. Only God can satisfy that longing for only God has pure unconditional love. If you know that you are unconditionally loved you are the most secure and content person on earth. God choose to love us. He does not need us for if He needed us we would complete Him but we cannot but He completes us.
In God’s choosing to love us He actively seeks our Best Good! He is continually seeking to bring us to complete fulfillment as a human being. He is seeking to bring out our fullest potential. That is LOVE! That is the picture of the Garden. You have to understand that Adam did not have to work for that or earn it. He was loved by just being! He had no comprehension of not being loved for he lived in the environment of love. God came to Him in the form of GRACE!
Can I suggest that you need something more than just being loved or know you are? Maybe I should say you need something alongside that. You need SPECIALNESS. Man is made to long to know he/she is special, significant and matter. We all need to have a sense that we are worth something and not worthless. Adam knew that and out of that relationship came friendship where we find them walking and talking in the garden and out of that came CONFIDENCE.
It requires confidence to get up in the morning and face the new day without being overcome by fear. Adam was secure, confident, satisfied because he was totally DEPENDENT upon God. Adam had a mission! He was commissioned by God to go to the whole world and subdue it. Sadly, too many today are living Zombies or Slaves to their pursuit of things. They have adopted the Mentality of Enslavement but Adam was different for his every need was met. He LIVED rather than EXISTED.
Time and space again constrains me so I pause until the next time. May God be with you as you go through your day! BLESSINGS!