Devotional: ‘Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul’


John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. ESV

The popular thinking in the world today is that moral guidelines put us in bondage, and total tolerance of everything allows us to be free; yet Jesus said that it is the exact opposite. A life without moral guidelines puts us in bondage, and only a relationship with Christ as our Savior can set us free.

This is proven through the story of Jesus and the woman at the well as found in John 4. One day Jesus stopped at the well to ask a woman for a drink of water. As Jesus conversed with the woman, He said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (Jn 4:10 ESV) What was this special water the woman thought, and how could she receive it?

“Go call your husband”, Jesus instructed the woman. “I can’t”, she replied. “I have no husband.” Jesus then said, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband.”

Why did Jesus expose this woman’s sin? Was He trying to embarrass her? Not at all. Jesus was trying to get her to face the fact that she had a deep inner thirst that nothing of this world had been able to satisfy. Once she admit her thirst, she was ready to receive His life-giving water.

Years ago, songwriter Lanny Wolfe wrote these words:

Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul

The world may try to satisfy
That longing in your soul.
You may search the wide world over
But you’ll be just as before.
You’ll never find true satisfaction
Until you’ve found the Lord,
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

Only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Yes, only He can change your heart
And make you whole.
He’ll give you peace you never knew,
Sweet joy and love and Heaven, too.
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.


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