SOUL NEVER CLOYED
John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
One of the amazing things about humans is their insatiable desire for pleasure. We can’t seem to help ourselves, this is simply the way we were made. One of the tragedies we find in the Bible is how the pursuit of pleasure was entirely corrupted by the fall of man. This truth answers a lot of questions for me. This helped me come to grips with my child like behavior in the pursuit of the foolish pleasures of the world. I knew my irresistible attraction to the party lifestyle was wrong and would ultimately destroy everything I valued, but I couldn’t seem to stop. The pull of pleasure proved to be too big for me. I was not able to stop my reckless behavior until a greater joy stopped me in my tracks. Jonathan Edwards preached often on the sanctifying power of the pleasures of God, here is something he said about our deep rooted bent toward pleasure.
“The spiritual joys and delights that are to be had in Christ are satisfying in these senses. They are of such a nature that those that receive them desire no other kind of enjoyment; not that they won’t desire more of the same, for ’tis the character of a godly man that he hungers and thirsts after righteousness. But they shall be satisfied with it as to kind; they never will desire any change. It is not so with temporal enjoyments. After a man has one enjoyment a little while, he can’t be satisfied with it; he wants something new. But the soul is never cloyed or weary in perpetually giving up itself with all its powers to the enjoyment of spiritual joys in Christ so as to desire any change. It is satisfying, as there is enough in it to satisfy the soul as to degree, were but obstacles removed, and the enjoying faculty duly applied. There is room enough here for the soul to extend itself. Here is an infinite ocean of it. If men ben’t satisfied here in degree of happiness, the cause is with themselves. ‘Tis because they don’t open their mouths wide enough. There is enough of that which is enjoyed, the glory and the love of God, did we but so apply our souls to it as to take our fill of it.”
This helps us understand the unusual statement Jesus made. He said if we drink the water He has to give we will never thirst. He was saying we would never thirst for the water of this world again. One thirst has been quenched, another has been aroused. So there is a way out of the seemingly endless spiral of the pursuit of joy; the way out may not be what you expect. Instead of making a decision to abstain from joy the barriers have been removed. We now pursue joy in God with all our might.