O Come, Living Water
Open Your Bible
Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:1-26, John 7:37-39
BY Ellen Taylor
Water is the cure for everything these days. Need to lose weight? Drink more water! Want your skin to stop breaking out constantly? Drink more water! Having trouble getting out of bed when your alarm goes off? Drink more water!
They say that you’re supposed to take half of your body weight (in pounds) and drink at least that many ounces of water every single day. This year, I’ve been trying to hold myself to that standard, even though coffee tends to be my main form of hydration during the work day. I have a water bottle that I keep at my desk and take to meetings, and I’ll try my hardest to drink a whole bottle of water for every cup of coffee I drink.
I’d love to say that since putting an emphasis on drinking more water during the day, my life has completely changed—more energy, fewer breakouts, better sleep at night. While I haven’t necessarily noticed all of the benefits that people seem to claim, I have noticed how differently my body operates when I don’t drink enough water during the day. I get tired more easily, my head starts hurting in the afternoon, and my body craves water.
When I read about the Israelites in the desert complaining about their lack of water, I have a hard time blaming them. Moses, rightfully so, got a little nervous when the Israelites started grumbling against him. He cried out to God, begging Him for counsel on what to do. And God showed up, providing water for the Israelites in the wilderness.
In John 4, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at the well wanting the same thing the Israelites did—water. When Jesus tells the woman that He has something better than water to offer her, her interest is piqued. Jesus offers the woman living water, and promises her that her spirit will never thirst again.
The work of Jesus on the cross means that we are given access to the same water that Christ offered the Samaritan woman at the well. Because of His sacrifice, we are no longer spiritually thirsty; Christ offers us water through the Spirit that will cause us to never thirst again. This water is freely given to us, as Jesus explains:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him” (John 7:37–38).
May we be a people who crave the living water that Christ offers us. May we be a people who receive it. May we be a people who share the living water, freely given, so that those who believe may never thirst again. Thanks be to God.