Where would you be without water? It quenches your thirst, gives life to animals and plants so you can have food to eat, cleans your body, and does so much more. Even though you probably don’t think much about it, you are dependent on water. Physically speaking, if you don’t have water you’ll die.
Spiritually speaking, where would you be without living water?
A Fountain of Water
Jesus talked about water with a Samaritan woman He met at a well. She was a woman who had spent many years looking for something that would satisfy her heart. She had come to the well to get a drink of natural water, but it was her spiritual thirst that attracted Jesus’ attention. He recognized her deepest need and offered her “living water.”
After Jesus had talked with the woman awhile, He said, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)
The living water Jesus offered her was a relationship with God. She knew about relationships because she had been involved with many men – six, in fact – yet on a spiritual level, she was still thirsty. None of the men in her life had been able to satisfy her deepest longings, but Jesus promised her a permanent quenching of her thirst.
Likewise, your deepest needs and longings can’t be filled by anyone or anything the physical world has to offer. Just like the woman at the well, you can find true fulfillment and joy only in Jesus Christ.
Rivers of Living Water
In John chapter seven, there is an account of Jesus participating in the Feast of Tabernacles, a joyful celebration of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. During this festival, there was a ceremonial pouring out of water each day to remind the people of how God gave the children of Israel water from the rock when they were dying of thirst in the wilderness.
As the water was being poured out on the last day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38). The Jews didn’t understand what Jesus meant, but the meaning was apparent to the apostle John who continues in verse 39, “But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” The “rivers of living water” Jesus spoke of refer to the Holy Spirit.
So you see, Jesus never offered us just a little sip of water. He promised a “fountain of water that springs up” (the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ) and even “rivers of living water” (from the Holy Spirit). A spring doesn’t have dry spells, and a river has a continuous flow of water. God wants us to understand that we can have more and more – an unending flow – of His presence in our lives.
Life to the Full
Most people live each day largely unaware of God’s presence. They have a tendency to focus on the problems and distractions of life rather than on the Lord. That’s because, as Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10 NIV) The devil will do whatever he can in an attempt to keep people from looking to God.
But if you read the end of the verse, you’ll see that Jesus continued on to say, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” God does not want anyone to live a defeated life. He doesn’t want you to barely survive; He wants you to thrive!
With living water, it is possible to thrive even under adverse circumstances. David wrote, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” (Psalm 23:5) Even though he was facing hardships, David looked to the Lord and was able to recognize God’s presence in His situation.
When many would have seen his glass as half empty, David saw it overflowing! He looked to the Lord and could say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Ps 23:6)
Avoid Dry Wells
How about you? When you have a need, where do you look first?
Many people try to satisfy their spiritual thirst with things. When they think, “If only I had more money…if only I were married…if only I was more popular…if I could just lose 20 lbs….” The list goes on and on, but in each case, they are looking in the wrong place. It’s as fruitless as going to a dry well and expecting to find water.
Others attempt to satisfy their spiritual needs through some form of “spirituality” that doesn’t focus on having a personal relationship with God. That’s another dry, unproductive well. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus is the only truly dependable “well”. He’s the only one who can make the promise – with no disclaimers – that when you come to Him, you’ll never thirst again.
The Water’s For You!
When Jesus confronted the woman at the well about her life of sin (John 4:16-18), He didn’t judge or condemn her. Instead, He let her know that her previous lifestyle had not disqualified her from God’s love and acceptance.
Maybe people have rejected you; or maybe you’ve rejected yourself, but God accepts you. Nothing you have done or ever will do could diminish God’s love for you. Today, Jesus still invites all who are thirsty, whether for love or acceptance or approval or any thing, to come to Him.
I challenge you to accept Jesus’ offer of the living water. Know that the one who loved and accepted the woman who’d looked for love in all the wrong places loves and accepts you, too.
When you receive Jesus as the Savior & Lord of your life, you are taking your first drink of living water. But please don’t stop with just a sip of the water He freely gives. He came so you might have life—and have it to the full.
Be aware of His presence today and every day. Keep on letting the Lord satisfy your thirst! Run to Him first in every situation so He can flood your soul with His love. Then you will be able to say with David “My cup overflows . . . surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” (Psalm 23:5-6)
About Duane Vander Klok
Duane Vander Klok, Ph.D., and his wife, Jeanie, are passionate about seeing people come into relationship with Jesus Christ and helping believers grow in their love and dedication to the Lord. They live to win people to the Lord and disciple them in the things of God. Pastor Duane is the Lead Pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Michigan. He also hosts the Walking By Faith television program and travels in the United States, Latin America, and abroad sharing the Gospel and encouraging the body of Christ.
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