Are You Thirsty?
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”” John 4:13–14
“God is the happiness of man because of his suitableness to the soul. A hungry man finds his stomach craving. Give him music or honor and he is hungry still. These are not suitable to his appetite. Give him food and his craving is over. So it is with a man’s soul. Give it honor, profits, and the pleasures of the world, and these cannot abate its desire; it craves still. These do not answer the soul’s nature, and therefore, cannot answer its needs. Set God before it just once, and let it feed on him; it is satisfied, and its inordinate, dogged appetite after the world is cured. God is the true happiness of the soul because he is an eternal good. The blessed God is like the spring that bubbles forth and runs over forever. This all-sufficient, suitable, and eternal God is the saint's peculiar portion, and therefore causes infinite satisfaction. God is my portion forever.”
Puritan, George Swinnock, Works, IV:7-12