Drinking enough water for our bodies, especially during the hot summer months is vital to our health. In Judges 15:9, Samson, when he became thirsty, drank and his strength returned and revived himself. I spend most of my day at home in the air conditioning, and I have to admit it’s not uncommon for me to go through the day without even thinking about drinking water.
When I do get outside for a couple of hours, I realize the need for a cool drink.
In the Old Testament, Exodus17:3 says the early Jewish people grumbled against Moses of how they were dying of thirst when they wondered in the desert.
Isaiah 41:17-18 says “the poor and needy searched for water but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst” and the Lord answered … “I will make rivers flow on barren heights … springs within the valleys.”
This statement automatically makes me think of another scripture of flowing water, Ezra 47:6-12…
“…Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he (God) brought me back to the bank of the river. Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river there were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then he said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah; then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh. “It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. “And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many. “But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. “By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.”
I remember this scripture because at one time I taught Earth Science to junior high kids. Centuries and centuries later, this is pure science, spoke before science books were ever written. It speaks to me because of what is happening in our local rivers and streams, caused by abundant rains that we have experienced. It points to the source of these waters – God.
In the New Testament, John 4 tells us Jesus in his physical body became tired and wanted water to drink, but He wanted to also share a new kind of water.
“…Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” John 4:6-7
“You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
“I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ, will certainly not lose his reward.” Mk 9:41
Lord, my heavenly Father, thank you for the cold water you give to me in the physical and spiritual. For the water refreshes my body, give me strength to go on. Your spiritual water strengthens me, gives me a life eternal. Father, help me to see the person who needs a drink, both physical and spiritual. Give me the words to speak to them, the life giving water.