I find that nothing can be more refreshing after working outside in the sweltering summer heat than a glass of ice water. When I work up a sweat after mowing the yard with my push mower, going up and down and all around the sloping ground that surrounds my house, I can’t wait to go to the dispenser in my fridge door, put some crushed ice into a large glass, and fill it to the brim with cold water. Then, raising it to my lips I take a big gulp! My parched mouth, tongue, and throat all seem to rejoice at once: “Aaahh! Thank you! Thank you!”
The refreshing, replenishing benefits of water have a spiritual application according to the scriptures. For example, in the account where he was visiting the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus revealed the good news of a certain kind of water that would always quench her thirst:
John 4:13-15, 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 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.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”
Jesus spoke of himself as the One who truly quenches one’s thirst for the eternal blessings that only he can give. Just as he filled the needs of this woman, so does he fill our needs, too. When we humbly pray and say to him, as she did, “Sir, give me this water…” he will not hold back. He will sooth and satisfy our lives with hope that reaches beyond this life into the eternal age to come.
Jesus gives us a taste of that hope through the Holy Spirit which he gives to us today. John 7:37, 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
When the Power of God in Christ flows through us, we are refreshened with strength to carry on in spite of the dryness we feel when we’re weak and vulnerable to temptation. We are uplifted in confidence and encouragement knowing that this blessing is only the tip of the iceberg. For the future holds a special place for us as we anticipate that Day when we’ll thirst no more. So, Jesus extends this invitation to us to enter the coming Kingdom:
Revelation 22:16-17, 16“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” 17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. (Cp. Isaiah 55:1; Rev. 2:7; 7:17.)
With that glorious Day in mind, every fiber of our being can say, “Thank you! Thank you, Lord, for giving us true satisfaction and joy that will last forever!”
Good News to you!