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No Water? But There Is Living Water!

Recently because of my failure to keep the water running during frigid weather with a windchill below zero, it froze up for a couple of days. It required a drive to the local grocery store to buy a case of bottled drinking water and big 5 gallon bottles for flushing the toilet. I was mad at myself for allowing this to happen. However, it was a minor inconvenience compared with what others have gone through this winter. Some have lost their heat and power. I had much for which to be thankful.

This little episode brought to mind the large percentage of the world’s population that struggles to obtain good drinking water. I decided to do some research. Here is what I found. According to  World Vision International, 771 million people lack access to clean water, which is about 1 out of 10 of the world’s population! The average woman in rural Africa walks over 3 miles every day to haul 40 pounds of water. More than 800 children under five years of age die every day from contaminated water or poor sanitation and hygiene.

The solution to my lack of water was a simple drive to the store compared to walking for miles for clean and safe water. Let’s don’t take water for granted. If you live in a part of the world that has plenty of safe drinking water, be thankful. Remember those for whom every drop is life-saving.

There is a spiritual analogy, and I am not for one moment going to minimize how critical the need is for physical water, but there is a spiritual thirst among billions of people. They are like the woman drawing water out of a well, recorded in John 4:7-14. Jesus met her and said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Water will temporarily satisfy one’s physical need, but it won’t satisfy one’s spiritual thirst for God. May we all, whether or not there is accessible clean water, live the words of Psalm 42:1-2“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirst for God, the living God.”

If you live “in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1), the Israelites of the Old Testament were in the same situation wandering in the arid wilderness. God’s solution was to tell Moses to strike the rock of Horeb, and from out of it will come water, which Moses did (Exodus 17:6). If you are facing a critical source of water, bring your problem to the Lord. He probably will not make it come out of a rock, but he can somehow meet your need.

 Jesus is quoted in John 7:37, “If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 

Dr. David Jeremiah states in his notes on this verse, “Jesus quenches every thirst – He is knowledge to the thirsty mind, love to the thirsty heart, peace to the thirsty conscience, and holiness to the thirsty spirit” (The Jeremiah Study Bible, Hatchette Book Group, 2029, pg. 1411). 


About John Clark

John Livingston Clark is 74 years of age and lives in central Washington State. He has written two published books, and two published poems. His initial book is called, " God's Healing Hope: Breaking the Strongholds of Wrong Thinking." His second book, released in December of 2016, is a motivational book written to seniors titled, " Seniors: Are You Retiring or Recharging?" Both books are available on amazon. You can also view his writings on www.faithwriters.com. His “Poem For Senior Citizens” is in the 5th spot on FW.

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  1. Though you were disheartened about frozen water pipes; the Lord was giving you a message to share from your experience so that something beneficial came out of this lesson.
    I enjoyed the note you shared from David Jeremiah. It paired with your article.
    This blessed me and I believe others reading this will be too.

  2. John
    Sorry about your pipes but as Cora said – it was a segue into this powerful and important message.
    Thanks for writing about this topic which needs to be shared and will allow us to be extra appreciative of our “clean water” here in the USA.
    God Bless~

  3. John, as I read this article from Queensland, Australia, there is thundering rain coming from the heavens. We have no shortage here of precipitation but there is a great need for the Holy Spirit to flood the hearts of men and women whose hearts are dry and thirsty for Christ. May we each be found praying to this end.

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