Jill Jarrell Newsome
I Need A Drink!
Recently I had a stressful day. The situation was out of my control and I was stressed -physically and emotionally. One of those days that even while you are going through it you know in another day, week or month it won't matter anyway. It is what it is. But while you are going through it, it is a big deal. A friend and I were talking about it and I mentioned I just needed to go to the beach the next day. That is what I need! My friend laughed and mentioned me needing a a drink. I started thinking I DO need a drink. I need a drink of the living water! And that is what I did. I quenched my thirst and felt much better!
What is living water? Living water is a biblical term which describes God as "the spring of living water". Jeremiah 2: 13, God refers to Himself as living water. "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,..." And again in Jeremiah 17: 13, "Because they have forsaken the Lord, The fountain of living waters.”
The Samaritan woman was at the well where Jesus asks her for a drink of water. She does not understand why a jew would associate with a Samaritan. She did knot know she was speaking to Jesus, the Son of God. John 4: 10-14, "Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock. Jesus answered and said to her, “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.”
Jesus knew the woman needed more than a physical thirst. She needed to know the Source of living water. She needed grace, forgiveness and eternal life. John 17: 3, "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
John 7: 38, "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” A river is persistent, overcoming all barriers. When it comes to an obstacle it may be stopped for a while but it soon makes a way around the obstacle. It may even disappear for a while, sometimes for miles, and then emerge again bigger than ever! We know God uses our lives but sometimes when the obstacles come we do not understand why. It seems these dry spells are of no use but God can use anything. If we stay in God's Word and trust Him we will see Him either take us around the obstacle or remove it. And through that experience we will grow in Christ.
John 7: 37-39, "On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “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.” 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." When we become Christians, Jesus blesses us with his Spirit - the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit's presence and power in our lives make all the difference! The Spirit is living water inside of us, renewing us, refreshing us, empowering us, quenching our spiritual thirst, and giving us life. Because the Holy Spirit dwells within us, no Christian has to live a dry, fruitless life.
Are you thirsty? Come and receive a cool and refreshing blessing! Jesus is waiting for you with living water—seek Him.