My ranger friend Chaplain Bruce took me out prospecting not far from Pikes Peak. In our backpacks we had multiple water bottles and coconut water and we were pretty sure we would not get thirsty. What we did not count on was deviating from our plotted course or how steep some of the climb would be. By early evening, as we descended through forest, we ran out of fluids and Bruce’s legs severely cramped up. Had we gone much further the same thing would have happened to me. It is easy to get dehydrated in the dry air of Colorado. Water is life.
Whenever I go to rural parts of Africa or Asia, I’m reminded of how precious water truly is. Imagine having to walk for miles just to get dirty water from a river or spring for cooking, drinking and washing! I’m thankful for all those who donate money to help provide wells for people in needy villages. Water is life.
John 4:14—But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”
Revelation 21:6—And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water as a gift to the thirsty from the spring of life.
The fugitive David, while eluding King Saul in the wilderness of Judah, prayed,“God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water” (Psalm 63:1). The prophet Isaiah wrote, “You will joyfully draw waterfrom the springs of salvation,and on that day you will say:“Give thanks to Yahweh . . .” (Isa. 12:3,4). The prophet Jeremiah quotes God, “Lord, the hope of Israel, all who abandon You will be put to shame. All who turn away from Me will be written in the dirt, for they have abandoned the Lord, the fountain of living water” (Jer. 17:13). Living water is eternal life!
Often when I am in a restaurant when asked what I would like to drink, I respond, “Diet water please.” This either gets an immediate laugh, or a confused look, thereby revealing the perceptive ability of the one serving. Salvation is represented in Scripture by living water—whose source is God. Here is an idea for intentionally sharing your faith. The next time you are with perceptive people ask if they have ever tasted living water. If they seem even slightly curious you have a natural opportunity to share Jesus and the water of eternal life He offers!
· As many as 5 million people die every year of water-related illnesses.
· A child dies every fifteen seconds of a waterborne disease.
· Despite the risks, women and children in developing countries invest two hundred million hours a day fetching water. That’s equal to a full-time workforce of twenty-five million people fetching water eight hours a day seven days a week!—Steven M. Southwick & Dennis S. Charney in Resilience
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)