Water of Life

Water of Life
Water is a big part of my life. I can’t imagine anything better than strolling along a lake or stream to bring peace and contentment. Peering out at the ocean that stretches to the horizon gives me perspective of my place in this world.

Scientists tell us every cell, tissue and organ in our body needs water to function properly. The average adult requires two to three liters a day. They tell us we can go forty days without food but less than a week without water.

On this earth, water is life. It covers over seventy percent of the earth’s surface, although only 2.5 % is fresh water. While many of us think little of wasting it, a billion people lack access to necessary safe drinking water.

God created the world with adequate fresh water to supply every living thing. A river watered the Garden of Eden, and from there, separated into four rivers. Streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the earth. (Genesis 2:6) However, the water, like us and the rest of creation, has been polluted by sin. (Genesis 1-3) People and crops die for the lack of it.

In God’s mercy, He promises it won’t always be this way. His word talks a lot about fresh life giving water.

Belief in Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection brings relief. He promises an endless supply of fresh, life-giving water to those who love Him. He gives water—without cost—from the spring of the water of life. (Revelation 21:6, 22:17)

Jesus promised whoever would drink from the water He gave would never be thirsty again. That water would become “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13:14)

Rivers of living water will flow from within those who believe in Jesus. (John 7:38)

Psalm 46:4 tells of a river “whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

In Heaven, the river of the water of life flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb. On each side of the river stands the tree of life, bearing twelve crops a year.(Revelation 22)

When I sit beside a lake or stream, “the still waters” of Psalm 23, or lift my water bottle to quench my thirst, I’ll think of God’s precious gift of life giving water, both physical and spiritual, and be grateful for His eternal provision.

People die from lack of physical water. They die from lack of spiritual water, too.

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