July 09, 2012

Water of Life

John 7:37-44

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”
—John 7:37


Last summer much of the central United States was caught in a once-in-a-decade heat wave. The media showed bone-dry lands, unable to produce crops or provide food for cattle. People from Texas to the Great Plain states were offering prayers for rain. The heat wave reminded people that weather is unpredictable and rain is a precious gift from God.

The great festival of today’s verses was designed to help God’s people remember when their ancestors wandered in the wilderness. Water was not in abundance. Only after they came out of the desert were they blessed with regular rainfall and flourishing crops. On this “last and greatest day” of the feast, John says, Jesus took the opportunity to let thirsty people find true living water for their parched souls.

Grab your pitchers and barrels and come to the fountain named Jesus! Today’s power drinks are limited in their ability to give the relief we are really after. Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me … rivers of living water will flow from within them.” His Spirit promises spiritual refreshment to strengthen us for the journey through the dry times of our lives.

Ice water, sweet tea, and power drinks can quench our temporary thirst. But if you want the real thirst quencher, Jesus will hand you his Spirit, which replenishes all dry and weary souls—always. Drink up!

Jesus, thank you for your Spirit, who quenches my thirsty soul. I need to drink deeply from the well of the Spirit and be satisfied in you alone. Amen.

About the author — Reginald Smith

Dr. Reginald Smith is senior pastor at Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for seventeen years. He has also served as a pastor in Paterson, New Jersey. He and his wife, Sharon, have three daughters, Janelle, Katrina, and Mariah.

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