“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:14 BSB
Thirst is one of the protective mechanisms that prevents the interruption of homeostasis–the balance in the body. The fluid in the body must remain at a certain level within very limited parameters or else the damaging state of dehydration occurs.
Many years ago, some of the most popular movies included scenes in the desert where the individual was dying of thirst; a thirst so intense that it affected every aspect of their existence especially the mind. The brain desperately made an attempt to save itself by creating the visual illusion of an abundance of water commonly known as a mirage.
Without God we place ourselves in a damaging state of existence. Spiritual dehydration causes us to see mirages as we continue to struggle through life, without purpose or fulfilment.
Jesus tells us that He is the living water and that if we drink from the water that He gives, then we will never be thirsty again.
When we confess and commit our life to Christ, we are able to stop living in a world filled with mirages. Our spiritual eyes are opened and we realize that while we were desperately longing for something to quench the dying thirst of hopelessness and distress that God has a Fountain of Water that leads to a peaceful existence, and eventually eternal life when Jesus comes again.
How do we drink from this endless supply of spiritual water? We surrender ourselves to Christ by confessing our sins, discarding our plans and totally relying on Him, in every aspect of our lives. Since our faith and trust in God provides the foundation to total surrender, we must pray and study the Bible everyday to really get to know the Giver of living water.
Salvation is not a thirsty journey through a desolate land; it is a journey connected to God who always refreshes like cool water on a hot summer day.
Challenge for today: Make a decision to drink from the Fountain of living Water.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I have traveled for so long, thirsting after the things of the world instead of thirsting for your righteousness. I ask you to forgive me. I am ready to follow you by drinking from the living water that only you can provide. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz