“ On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘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.’” “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” John 7:37-38; Isaiah 12:3
Wouldn’t you love to have heard Jesus cry out this invitation? His hearty beckon to the deepest part of my weary and dry? Can you imagine turning toward the clear voice and seeing His wide arms and eager face and loving bright eyes open toward you? His call and His promise is for us, every day, every day that is ‘great’ with depletion, with dearth of inspiration or energy, with weight of responsibility but lacking wisdom and clarity, with tuneless song.
The other day I awakened to a hovering, glooming sense of heaviness, my spirit a dry match unable to catch the flint. I was thirsty, but listless. I got up, voiced honor to my worthy King, offered my parched soul and heart to Him, asked Him to speak and give me understanding, and opened His living word. Jesus’s cry came– to me– and my ears heard His voice. Within minutes, with damp eyes, I was drinking long, slow draughts from the water issuing from His altar, taking in and rejuvenated by the living, supernatural, blessed energy of truth and life. He awakened my mind, inspiring devotion and deep love, flooding me with gratitude for His divine, unseen, but palpable ministry. Oh, He is a great and lavish God!
“Then he brought me to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple… south of the altar… Wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes… And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Ezekiel 47:1,9,12
Why do we not come when Jesus calls and avail ourselves of His living water? Why do we turn to other fixes, to activities and philosophies and spiritual rituals? Why do we turn to chemicals, to mantras, to social media,.. or just turn over? What a faithful, generous Savior have we, present and ready with bountiful drink that never runs dry. What He gives invigorates, freshens, purifies, nourishes, issues fruit, satisfies, heals.
“Are you thirsty, are you empty? Come and drink these living waters. Time unbroken, peace unspoken, rest beside these living waters. Christ is calling, find refreshing at the cross of living waters. Love, forgiveness, vast and boundless; Christ, He is our living waters.” ~ Keith and Kristyn Getty
Lord Jesus, I hear Your call; I come and drink. Keep me ever returning for more, looking to You to quench my dry like only You can. You alone satisfy, and I thank You.