Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:38 NIV
Do you love water? Have you ever thought about how water affects your daily life? The thought crossed my mind the other day as I was casually taking a sip. I rarely give a thought to the significance of one of the most important resources we have. Did you know that water comprises more than 71% of the earth’s surface? Over 60% of our bodies are composed of water, and we need roughly 2-3 liters of water to survive every day.
One of my favorite ways to relax is to sit and watch water. When I’m at the beach vacationing with my family, I love to find a shady spot and watch the ocean waves break over the shoreline. The sound water makes, whether it’s the roaring of the ocean or the trickling of a quiet stream, can be relaxing and peaceful.
Water sounds and looks much different during a powerful storm or flood. It’s amazing to think of the power and strength behind one of God’s most versatile resources, yet the simplicity behind this amazing powerhouse confirms that this is God’s design. The simple chemical compound of water, H2O, provides energy and fuel which packs a one-two power punch combination!
So how does water relate to the Bible? Water is very important; it’s mentioned over 722 times and it bookends the Bible, beginning in Genesis 1:2 and ending with Revelation 22:17. In the Old Testament we see water mentioned mostly in its physical, tangible form-- rain, flood, and rivers. In the New Testament, Jesus uses it to describe spiritual salvation or “living” eternally with Christ.
Jesus says in John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me…rivers of living water will flow from within them.” This passage illustrates how our belief in Jesus changes us. I love the imagery in the verse; it doesn’t mention a trickle of water, but instead says rivers of living water will flow from within. This spiritual water is cleansing and healing, it washes away the dirt and odors of our past and freshens and renews us, filling us with more than we could ever need. The image I picture is of a dam overflowing with water, unable to contain it within its concrete wall.
When we are filled with living water and are living life the way God is directing us, that living water overflows and spills into those we interact with each day. The living water, as Jesus defines it, is contagious; it permeates every area of our lives. So as you drink that glass of water today, stop and think of Jesus and His example of living water. How can your joy for Christ spill over like living water today?
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Read the story of the Samaritan Woman: John 4:1-16
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Has your Christian walk hit a dry spell? Maybe you need some refreshment? Look for opportunities where you can serve or give back. This is a tangible way to stop focusing on yourself and instead, put the focus on others. When we see all of the needs around us, God can give us a renewed sense of purpose. Maybe you need some relaxation time. Put on some relaxing music (maybe it has some water sounds in the background) and peacefully sit and meditate on John 7:38.
God, thank You for Your living water. Thank You for providing for my needs every day and for giving me what I need to survive physically and spiritually. God, help me to come into contact with those who need to be filled with Your living water.
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