John 7:37-39 (NKJV)
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
37 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. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
In his book Timeless Healing, Harvard medical professor, Dr. Herbert Benson, recalls seeing the epic movie Lawrence of Arabia in a theatre in 1962—a film set in the scorching deserts of the Middle East during World War I. Because the original film was nearly four hours long, there was an intermission halfway through. Benson recounts how, at the intermission, moviegoers descended on the concession stand for cold drinks after watching nearly two hours of heat, sand, and wind!
The moviegoers weren’t dying of thirst, but they felt like it. Such can be our experience when we go through difficult times. We feel like the psalmist—parched in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. But there is spiritual water available through the Spirit as Christ announced at the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:37-39). Our thirst is quenched when we worship the One who sent His Spirit to meet our every need: “Thus I will bless You while I live” (Psalm 63:4).