Has it rained at your house lately? We’ve had a very hot summer with little to no rain. It is a miracle I still have flowers growing with my track record of watering. I do really well when I first plant them; however, I get distracted with life and usually forget to water them every few days. We typically have more rain in the summer, so they manage to thrive in spite of me, but this summer has been a bit dry. The other evening as I was locking up for the night, I noticed my flowers were in real need of attention. I left myself a note to water them in the morning. Well, God must have been reading my mail or else He felt really sorry for my plants because He unleashed a massive set of storms throughout the night. When I let the dog out the next morning, I noticed my flowers were perky with their faces pointing up to the sun. Not only had they been watered the night before, but they had an extra supply of water resting in dish below their pots. They were able to drink their fill. Even if the hot sun came out to bake them, they had a reserve to pull from.
Life can take its toll on us too. We can become beat down and feel like we can’t take another step; however, when we drink deep from the Lord, we are refreshed and can face the harsh world before us. Isaiah 55:1 says “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” The Lord offers Himself to us freely. In John 4:1-26, we read of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at a well. He tells her of the living water He offers.
In John 4:13-14 He says “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Then in John 7:38 He says “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”
The living water He is speaking of is Himself. When we drink deep from the Lord, through prayer or the Word of God, we are filled up and refreshed. We are filled with all He has to offer.
Have you ever seen someone who is dehydrated? The longer they go without water, the sicker they get. First they start to feel bad with a headache and possibly body aches and they’re extremely thirsty and cranky. Eventually, they get sick and lethargic and if untreated, they can die. Spiritual dehydration can be just as devastating. We were created to drink deep from the Lord. When we aren’t getting enough of Jesus we begin to manifest the symptoms of spiritual dehydration. The sad reality is it too can lead to death if untreated.
Jesus is calling out to all as in John 7:38. He is calling for us to come and drink deep. Are you thirsty?