The Living Water
Scripture Reading — John 4:7-15
"The water I give [you] will become in [you] a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:14 —
Yesterday we talked about road snacks. Today let's consider drinking water. You are likely aware that about two thirds of the human body consists of water. No wonder we drink so often! On a journey, having fresh water is even more important than food.
In our passage for today Jesus talks with a woman in Samaria about water. He talks about good drinking water, and he talks about living water. In those days--and still today in the Middle East--fresh water is a precious resource. Everyone needs it to survive. But Jesus says that the water he gives brings life. It's living water that wells up within us to give eternal life!
Many Old Testament verses speak of thirsting after God as one thirsts for a cool drink. God is called the fountain of life and the spring of living water. In our reading for today, living water refers to eternal life. Once we satisfy our thirst with living water, we will never thirst again. The Holy Spirit provides this living water in our soul for us to draw upon continuously.
No successful journey of faith is possible without access to living water. Only Jesus can show us the way out of our spiritual desert. Only Jesus can quench our burning thirst for God. Only the one Lord and Savior is able to give us this amazing gift that satisfies the deepest desire of our soul.
Lord, thank you for spiritually refreshing our souls with living water through Jesus and by your Spirit. Help us to share this wonderful gift with all the thirsty people we meet. Amen.