Today’s meditation word is “water.” Jesus, as we learned yesterday, referred to himself as the bread of life. He also, on another occasion, referred to himself as the living water, and then, in John 4:13-14, said: “Everyone who drinks of this water (that is, actual water from a well) will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Water is a powerful image in the Bible. The earth was cleansed through the water of the flood. The Israelite people were led to freedom by passing through the waters of the Red Sea. Jesus was born in the water of a womb. Water was, and is, used in baptism. When Jesus refers to himself as our “living water,” he means he satisfies our deepest thirsts. As bread he satisfies our hunger; as water, he satisfies our thirst. All our basic needs are met in Christ. But the water Jesus offers does much more than that – his water leads to eternal life.
In the Bible, the word “thirst” can have several implications. To be thirsty might mean to feel empty, or dead, inside. It might mean to be experiencing pain or grief or sorrow. To be thirsty might mean to long for love or acceptance. If we look at a common denominator, when we are thirsty we are experiencing a heart problem that only a heart-to-heart connection with the God who created us and loves us can heal. Jesus invites all who thirst to come to him and drink his living water. To drink from Jesus is to receive him into our lives – to proclaim him as Lord and Savior and make him the center of all that we are. The water Jesus offers makes our lives new and changes us from the inside out.
Whenever you drink water today, think of Jesus as your water of life. With every sip think about how he will satisfy your spiritual thirsts and spiritual needs … if you drink the water he offers. Remember that if you feel dry inside, Jesus offers a connection to God that will not just meet your minimum needs but will gush up inside of you like a spring … a spring that itself will never run dry but is eternal. Thanks be to God.
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