Are You Thirsty By Carol Strang
Today I would like to talk about the benefits of water in our physical world, for our bodies, and finally for our souls.
The other night my daughter was watching “Catching Fire”, the second sequel from the movie Hunger Games. I noticed that they were in the virtual place near many trees. Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, went over to the tree and stabbed it with a metal vile that she received from their mentor in the movie. As soon as the metal vile made contact with the tree, a liquid starting pouring out of it. At first I thought it was sap, but it was a clear color. My daughter said it was “water”. I just found out from reading online, that sap consist of mostly water. I just find this so fascinating, because God even provides water to mankind through certain trees like maple and birch, especially during certain seasons of the year.
Speaking about plants, what happens to a garden if it doesn’t receive enough water? The plants that are exposed to the hot sun, will began to dry out and shrivel and may even die.
Our earth is made up of lots of water about 70% and most of it is from oceans. Water is a very important resource for the world and serves many uses.
Biblically speaking, water is mentioned several times in its physical sense. Rivers sustained people’s lives and provided a means for agriculture, travel and trade between cities. It also provided refreshment to the animals. Also, the seas provided a way for men to make a livelihood as fishermen. In addition to seas, rivers, springs, and lakes were also mentioned in the Bible. Many times in the Old Testament people did not have an available water resource, so they dug wells.
Below I have listed some scripture verses that reference natural bodies of water, water from a rock, and man- made wells.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.
(River in Eden)
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
(Isaac dug the wells up.)
He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, “At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.” Then he went up from there to Beersheba. The LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham.”…
(Parting of the Red Sea)
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided.
(Water is poured out of a rock in the wilderness)
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
(Crossing the Jordan)
So, when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off.
(Jesus walks on water)
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
…any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Also, water is very important for our bodies. Water flows through our blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cell and flushing wastes out of our bodies. It also cushions our joints and soft tissues. Also without water, we cannot digest or absorb our food.
I looked up how long a man can live without water, and the resource stated about 3-5 days.
When we take a shower or bath we feel very refreshed and rejuvenated and we are clean once again.
Finally, I would like to talk about the spiritual aspect of Water.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Commentary from my NIV application study Bible:
The commentator states that Jerusalem did not have a river, but God was their “river”. As long as God lived among the people, the city continued to prosper and God protected it.
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
(You will never Thirst again)
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.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
I hope these scripture verses have shown you how God is the creator, and he is your provider for everything in your life and he sustains you and all of creation. Even if we say we are Christians and go to church and fellowship, we need so much more! It is so important to abide in Jesus, for he is the vine and we are the branches. We can become dry if we are not going to the well or Spring of Living Water daily and often.
Do you need strength each day? Do you need to be refreshed and rejuvenated? Do you need to be healed physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually? Jesus is here.
One time, when I was waking up from a restful nap in my house, approximately five years ago, I heard in my Spirit from Jesus the following Words:
Carol, why are you troubled? Come to the “well of living water” and find rest for your soul.
You will find me when you seek me with ALL your heart.
This well never runs dry. It is a constant overflow to me.
Out of this water will come “abundance”. Out of this water will come “peace”.
Out of this water will come “healing”. I then heard later “Drink”.
He is the Bread of Life also. He is the Word, the Living Word. We need to feast upon Jesus the Word that became flesh for us. If we read our Bible, meditate, and study it faithfully every day, our mind will be renewed, refreshed, and protected. We also will grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and receive more wisdom and revelation.
I will share another brief story with you. One day about four years ago, I was buttering a slice of bread, and I heard in my Spirit the following words:
This will run out. I am the Bread of Life… you will never be hungry.
I like to leave you with this final thought that Rick Warren shared. He asked his readers, “do you want to be a cup or a straw? If you’re a cup, you just get filled up, and that’s it. But if you’ll say, “God, I’ll be a straw, and you can channel your blessing through me to other people,” then that’s the kind of person God wants to bless.” In my prayer life I have asked to fill me up to overflowing, but now I’m asking God to make me a straw.
Until next time enjoy the Journey.