Bible Ballistics: BBs #676 What’s Your Water Source???
As many of you know, we live in Oklahoma; it’s summer, and it’s HOT, really hot, triple digit hot! A cool drink of water is welcome to quench the thirst and keep a body hydrated in extreme heat, yet there is a heat beyond imagination for those who refuse to drink of Jesus’ offer of “living water”! The woman of Samaria—an outcast, a woman of ill-repute, a loner, a woman despised by ‘decent’ women—simply came to get her water for the day (remember she had no “faucet” to turn on!) but she came at noon! Most of the women would draw water early in the morning or in the late evening, the cooler parts of the day; yet this woman, the outcast, came at noon and who did she find but Jesus—a Jew! And Jesus added amazement to her day by simply asking for a drink of water; but then HE led her to see that HE could give her “living water”! (It would be good to take some time today and read the entire chapter for yourself.)
“There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water:
Jesus saith unto her,
Give me to drink…
…9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him,
How is it that thou, being a Jew,
askest drink of me,
which am a woman of Samaria?
for the Jews have no dealings
with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her,
If thou knewest the gift of God,
and who it is that saith to thee,
Give me to drink;
thou wouldest have asked of him,
and he would have given thee
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob,
which gave us the well,
and drank thereof himself,
and his children,
and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her,
Whosoever drinketh of this water
shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water
that I shall give him
shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him
shall be in him a well of water
into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him,
Sir, give me this water,
that I thirst not,
neither come hither to draw.” Portions of John 4:7-15
Later, at a feast in Jerusalem, Jesus called men, women, boys and girls to Himself, the very source of God’s “living water”—water that can quench the thirst of your soul and mine!!! I’m so grateful that Jesus came to me, not in person like the Samaritan woman, but in just as desperate a condition, and Jesus revealed my black heart, so that I could see what HE saw, then HE called me to repent and trust HIM to save me, rather than my own self-generated, good works done to impress others and convince them that I was a ‘good’ person. Oh, praise HIS name, Jesus knew about me, and He knows about you! Won’t you take of His water? You’ll find His grace and peace unequaled; I came to Him over 40 years ago, and HE has never failed me—ever! Especially in this last few months of dealing with the grief over the loss of my only daughter, HE has carried me, comforted me, dried my tears, and reminded me over and over again to come to HIS cross for more of HIS life-sustaining water! Oh, what a wonderful Savior! Pour it on Lord, pour it on?
“In the last day, that great day of the feast,
Jesus stood and cried, saying,
If any man thirst,
let him come unto me,
38 He that believeth on me,
as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit,
which they that believe on him
for the Holy Ghost was not yet given;
because that Jesus was not yet
glorified.)”. John 7:37-39
Jesus came to be the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for my sin and yours; He not only can and will save you, but He will fill your soul with peace, joy and rest! His water has never run dry when I come to Him in the sweltering heat of life, even knowing the many times that I fail Him—HE never fails me! His water is an ever-flowing artesian well of life, restoration, and refreshing to my soul! I invite you to take of HIS water and forsake that muddy puddle that you’ve been drinking from. Jeremiah recorded God’s judgment concerning the choice of “drinking water”!
“Hath a nation changed their gods,
which are yet no gods?
but my people have changed their glory
for that which doth not profit.
12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this,
and be horribly afraid,
be ye very desolate,
saith the LORD.
13 For my people have committed two evils;
they have forsaken me
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns,
that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:11-13
There is a time coming for those who will choose to follow Jesus in repentance and faith, when we will lay down our burdens, rest in His presence, drink of those fountains eternally without restraint, and have our tears wiped away! Oh, glorious day! Hallelujah! May we be found faithful when HE calls, and I can’t believe it’s long till that trumpet sounds! Are you ready!
“They shall hunger no more,
neither thirst any more;
neither shall the sun light on them,
nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb
which is in the midst of the throne
shall feed them,
and shall lead them
unto living fountains of waters:
and God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17
May you have a blessed day and be filled with Jesus’ “water of life” today!!!
Amen and Amen!