It seems there are two kinds of people in the world: those who like to drink water and those (like me) who struggle to drink the recommended 8 glasses every day. Water is essential to life, physically and spiritually.
Physically, our body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues and makes up more than 2/3 of our body weight. Without water, we would die in a few days. We depend upon water to survive, daily.
Spiritually, there is no difference. John 4:14 says, “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” Without Jesus, we live empty lives. We search for meaning in ways that only lead to more emptiness. We look to other people or things to make us feel satisfied while the answer is right in front of us waiting for us to call on His name. The only way anyone will ever be “full” is in Jesus. John 7: 38 says, “Anyone who believes in me (Jesus) may come and drink! For the scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'”!
My family and I just returned from visiting Big Bend National Park. Big Bend is on the border of Texas and Mexico, in the desert. It is dry and hot. When we were leaving, I noticed a line of tall green trees, which is unusual in the barren desert. These tall, beautiful green trees lined a river. On each side of the crooked river, there was life in the midst of the dry desert land.
But even more amazing than that, water does not let anything stand in its way. It makes its way through mountains and forces the mountains to move! The Rio Grande River not only divides two countries, the river lies within a huge canyon that it created through mountains of pure rock. Water provides life, cleanses us, and moves mountains!
Water purifies us, physically and spiritually. The bible mentions water more than 700 times. There is a wonderful article by Jonathan Hewitt about this here. The first mention of water in the bible is in Genesis 1:20 where it says life comes from water. In the last book of the bible, Revelation 21:17, it, again, refers to the “water of life.”
My prayer is that every time we reach for a drink, God reminds us that He is our water. He is essential. He is our everything. We depend upon Him to live. I’ll leave you with one last scripture from John 6:35 that says, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your words and your living water, the Holy Spirit. Help me to live in the truth that You are our life and receive it in our hearts without reservation or hesitation. Lord, remind me daily that we are dependent upon You alone. Amen