What is living water? And what is the main point of John 4:10?
Let’s start with water itself.
Water is essential for our physical well-being. Without this critical element, life couldn’t exist.
And there’s no better example of this than the summer heat.
This summer seems to have flown by fast. But soaring temperatures are still in the forecast, at least for a little while longer. So, as the mercury continues to rise, we naturally look for ways to keep the heat at bay.
We all know the drill…stay inside with the AC on whenever possible, wear sunscreen when we go outside, and most importantly drink plenty of water.
If we don’t, we just might find ourselves lacking the proper hydration and in need of some serious relief.
When the sun beats down, we long for this cool relief water provides. A long dip in cool streams of blue water, or a sip of refreshing ice-cold water. They remind us to replenish our bodies with this life-giving liquid.
But as the end of summer approaches, our thoughts turn to the obligations the coming fall season will bring. Our lives are about to heat up in a different way with a new school year, work, family and friends, church activities and so much more. Honestly, it’s a lot to handle. With each new thing we add to our list, we pour a little more water out of our figurative cup.
Before we know it, we’re caught in the day-to-day grind and feeling spiritually thirsty with a cup that has run completely dry. We become depleted and crave spiritual refreshment. Or as the psalmist so beautifully wrote in these Bible verses about spiritual thirst…
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Psalm 143:6
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42:1
These two scriptures speak so eloquently to the craving of a thirsty soul, searching for what will restore and renew.
So, the question becomes… Where do you find Living Water?
The good news is, we don’t have to look far to find living water in our lives every day. Here are three tips to quench spiritual thirst when life gets too hot.
#1 Jesus is the Living Water so let’s go directly to the Source.
“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.”
“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
John 4:10; 13-14
Close to where I live, there’s a quaint little town called Eureka Springs. It’s a beautiful place located in the majestic Ozark Mountains. It began as a place of refuge for the sick. People in Victorian times believed the many natural springs in the area had healing properties and would go directly to the water source to be healed. Today, the springs are still flowing, they’re a force of nature that can’t be stopped. And people still flock to the town to bathe in their natural waters.
This is how I see Jesus, He is the source of living water in our lives. He has the power to heal whatever ails us. And He is like one of these natural springs. An unending flow of living water springing up, and a force of nature that can’t be stopped.
The deep spiritual thirst inside of us can only be quenched by knowing Him. So, He offers us the gift of living water which is eternal life. And it’s not just a little drip every now and then. Through Jesus we have an unlimited amount of living water springing up directly from the source, flowing through us, and ready to give a drink to the thirsty parts of our soul whenever we need it.
#2 Draw from the wells of salvation.
Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Digging a well is no small feat. You’ve got to get in there and dig down, deeper and deeper until you find the water shelf where the fresh water lies. But once you hit pay dirt, the well is there for you to draw from every day without fail.
When our lives become like a barren wasteland, we thirst for the joy of our salvation. And sometimes we have to dig down deep to find it.
But the wells of salvation have already been dug for us, all we have to do is draw the water from them. There, deep in the wells of salvation, we’ll find joy and relief from the arid landscape of our lives. So, draw from the wells and refresh your thirsty soul today.
#3 Drink from the Rivers of Living Water.
“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.”
As we already talked about, our physical bodies need drinking water every day to survive. Without it we become thirsty and parched. Then, we get cranky and cotton-mouthed. If enough passes by without this crucial element, eventually, we’ll die. That kind of thirst is a terrible thing. And in the middle of a crisis like that, nothing could possibly taste better than a tall, ice-cold glass of water.
As much as our bodies need water to survive, our spiritual selves need living water every day to flourish too. Without this critical element, we’ll wither away.
But we don’t have to thirst spiritually because our belief in the Son of the living God creates rivers of living water that flow out of our hearts.
Faith is the key to keeping our cups full. In the midst of our thirst, Jesus calls out to us, “come to Me and drink.” There is no need to thirst or want. He is there ready to pour living water into our empty cup and fill it full to the brim, renewing our spirits and refreshing our minds.
Is the summer heat making you thirsty, tired or even a little burned out? Are you wondering, where do you find Living Water to quench your thirsty soul?
Jesus said… I am the Living Water. So, go to the Source, draw from the wells, and find streams of living water flowing freely from your heart!
I truly hope and pray you will be blessed by the truth of who He is and by these scriptures as you drink the Living Water of Jesus today!
Have a happy and safe rest of the summer!
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