Friend, are you traversing through a desert?
When the weight of the world collapses upon me, the feeling of that dry, desolate landscape hits my spirit fast. You know, when the baby’s cries pierce the air, the dirty dishes stack in a monstrous pile, and a heavy, seemingly inescapable dread strikes.
I’m parched, sapped of energy, and in desperate search of respite, only finding mirages in TV shows, Facebook, and yes, I’ll say it—bathroom breaks. It’s difficult, one could say impossible, to minister well to my little ones when my heart is running on empty. Sound familiar?
During these days I have to say quick prayers to the Lord to say sane, calling upon Him for sustenance. Then, if I am faithful in searching His Scriptures in a brief moment of calm, I am never disappointed.
Especially when I read about Jesus, and what He said. His statements bring to mind the truth and promise and REALNESS of the Gospel, the cup of water my thirsty soul so desperately aches for.Where water exists there is life. Jesus Christ is water to the human soul. Click To Tweet
The Lord created our bodies to require water to survive, and what a picture that provides for our need of Him! The theme of water is prevalent in the Bible, because it displays the revitalizing and sustaining power of God. The sensation of quenching thirst is like no other, and when we envision our faith in Jesus that way, it’s completely, utterly rejuvenating.
So the verse you’re waiting for, the verse that will supply a beautiful watering hole in the desert days of life is this:
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38
Picture that imagery for a moment. Rather than cracked, dusty, dead dirt—like when self-pity, frustration and exhaustion reign in our heart—an active, bubbling, crisp river of life is available to every believer. Scratch that, it isn’t simply available, Jesus says it is ready to flow from our redeemed hearts!
Why did Christ say this? He makes this proclamation during the Feast of Booths, one of three “pilgrim feasts” ordained by God’s Law, in which Jewish people were to come before the Lord to rest and celebrate God’s provision.
A tradition had been added by the Jews, in which a priest would pour out water as a sacrifice, to demonstrate God’s blessing. Christ uses this occasion to explain that not only does He provide physical water that nourishes bodies, but living water that saves eternal souls.
What exactly is that living water? Looking at other portions of Scripture, this water is said to be continuous—it will never run dry. It is restorative. It heals and comforts. It is pure and life-giving (John 4:14, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 22:1).
This water is the Holy Spirit (John 3:5). If Christ is your Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit is present and ready to refresh your work for God’s glory. He is ready to overflow truth, grace, and love into your heart, home, and the lives you touch, as you abide deeper in His waters.The Holy Spirit is present and ready to water your work that it may bloom God’s glory. Click To Tweet
In passages to His beloved people of Israel, the Lord repeatedly used water imagery to speak hope to them and invite them to be revived in His grace:
“Come, all of you who thirst, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without cost!” Isaiah 55:1
“The LORD will always guide you; He will satisfy you in a sun-scorched land and strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11
Today, for us as His beloved in Christ, these invitations still stand.
Wash your heart in prayer to Him. Hydrate yourself with His Word. Revive your faith through fellowship with other born-again women.
Just before this in verse 37, “Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.'” Have you come and drunk from the Savior of the World? Remember, before He can empower you to live for Him, you must first be refreshed by His gospel.
When God enters my thoughts throughout the day, I’m learning to pause and open the floodgates of His Spirit – to let Him rush over my worries, weariness, and inner whining. We must remember that we don’t have to live in the desert, for He is the everlasting stream. Drink deeply, sister!
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:5