Listen to this devotional:
Revelation 22:17 – The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let anyone who hears this say, "Come." Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. (NLT)
Recently, I have been part of a program of severely restricted water consumption in the community where I live. This situation has been in progress for several weeks. We were advised that a bacterium, which had invaded our water supply, had threatened the lives of two of our residents. Supplies of large containers of clean water have been brought in for us to use for sponge bathing, teeth brushing, and drinking. Taking of showers has also been restricted.
Consequently, life up to this point here has been like being on an extended camping trip. My recollection of such a trip is of a four-month trip in a small travel trailer, travelling from Lake Huron in Michigan, USA, following the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to Quebec, Canada, and back down the eastern coast of the United States.
As the days progress, I must confess that the lack of freely having water is having a negative effect on me. There is no way around this situation until we receive word from the health department that we have been cleared of this malady.
Throughout Scripture, we are invited to come and drink freely from the fountain of life — our Lord — as He is described as "the fountain of living water, even the Lord". (Jeremiah 17:13b NASB)
Water, in the Biblical sense, is a symbol of the Holy Spirit:
John 7:38-39a – "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'" But this He spoke of the Spirit. (NASB)
David compared life without God's Spirit to lack of fulfillment and purpose — like being in a dry and weary land:
Psalm 63:1 – O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. (NKJV)
However, lack of water is not a problem for us in the spiritual realm. We know that there is a never-ending supply, without restrictions, from our everlasting fountain, the Lord. Praise God! We are all invited to come.
Isaiah 55:1a – Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters. (NIV)
Have we availed ourselves of this supply by reading His Word daily and seeking Him through regular conversations with Him?
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for Your many blessings — including having water to drink. We are forever grateful for having Your provision for the continual supply of refreshment for our souls as we place our trust in You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.