July 25, 2022

Springs of Living Water

Isaiah 41:17-20

“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys.”

—  Isaiah 41:18

Quebrada Honda is a village in Honduras. The name means, literally, “deep creek.” When our team of volunteers came to build a water system, there was no creek in sight. The river­bed was dried up and dusty. Drinking water was either hauled in for a high fee or carried a long distance by women and children. There were no household vegetable gardens because there was no water for growing produce.

That was a few years ago. Since then a water system has been constructed to bring ­water to a faucet at every home and smiles of joy to every face. Everyone has access to drinking water; laundry can be done at home; and splashy baths are frequent!

Abundant vegetables are growing there also—not just in gardens but also in aquaponic tanks, where the water is alive with both vegetables and fish. Living water to sustain living people!

The Bible makes many references to living water, promising springs in the desert and rivers whose streams bring gladness. There are waters of cleansing, waters of healing, and waters that refresh dry and thirsty lives.

Jesus said that all who are thirsty can come to him for living water and never thirst again (John 4:13; 7:37-38). Doesn’t that sound good? Doesn’t that sound like something you need? Ask him today, and discover the deep joy of knowing him.

Bountiful God, thank you for providing water for our bodies and living water for our souls. Fill our cup, we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

About the author — Roy Berkenbosch

Roy Berkenbosch is a minister who served with World Renew in several capacities and served as a pastor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also the founding director of the Micah Centre at The King’s University, Edmonton, Alberta. Now retired, he and his wife enjoy their small hobby farm.

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