Living Water - 30 January 2018

Neville Turley

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  John 7:37-38 (NIV)

Water is absolutely essential to sustain life. No one is more aware of the need to manage water resources effectively than people in the Western Cape who are currently experiencing severe drought.

The rains have not come and Day Zero is fast approaching when the taps will run dry because the level of water in the dams will have fallen below acceptable levels. We need to pray both singularly and in fellowship that God will save our land and our people from the looming catastrophe.

Jesus often used the necessities of life, such as water, to point us heavenwards. John records that Jesus asked the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:7-30) for a drink of water. 

It began a dialogue between them. She queried why a Jew was asking a Samaritan for a drink. "Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)

His reply really stirred her curiosity and interest. She wanted to know more about this living water from Jesus. "Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

The lack of water to nourish our bodies threatens our very survival. We need to drink each day to stay alive.

The gift of living water that God offers will sustain us for all eternity. It is the salvation that God imparts through Jesus Christ.  It is ours for the asking. However, there is a condition, we have to want it enough to ask for it.

The Samaritan woman did. Have you? 

Prayer:  Almighty God your Son taught us the wonder of your saving presence.  Create a thirst within us that we may yearn to be filled with rivers of living water through Jesus.  Amen

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