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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, October 24, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Many spiritual functions parallel physical functions. As our bodies hunger and thirst, so do our souls. But our souls need spiritual food and water. The woman confused the two kinds of water, perhaps because no one had ever talked with her about her spiritual hunger and thirst before. We would not think of depriving our bodies of food and water when they hunger or thirst. Why then should we deprive our souls? The living Word, Jesus Christ, and the written Word, the Bible, can satisfy our hungry and thirsty souls. (NLT)
John 4:7-14 – Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.
The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this is a very deep well. Where would you get this living water? And besides, are you greater than our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his cattle enjoyed?”
Jesus replied, “People soon become thirsty again after drinking this water. But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
The psalmist wrote, “I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.“ — Psalm 143:6 (NIV)
Karolyn Miller (Tennessee) titled her story “THIRSTY HANDS;” here is Karolyn’s story:
“As fall transitioned into winter, I had noticed that my hands were feeling tighter. My cuticles were cracking, and the areas between my fingers were dry. Throughout the day I found myself frequently applying lotion and other moisturizers. One morning it finally dawned on me. This was not an external problem but an internal problem. My skin was displaying the results of a lack of water intake.
“During different seasons, our internal spiritual lives can also show external signs of thirst. When the cares of life increase, our reading and studying of God’s word may decrease. A once-fervent prayer life can experience drought. The joy of our salvation can be diminished by stress and frustration. In times like these, our spirit cries out in thirst ‘like a parched land.’
“As Jesus promised in today’s reading, spiritual thirst is quenched when we soothe our dry, cracked, irritated souls in the living water that only God can give. As we draw closer and deepen our relationship with God, living water flows in us so that we shall never thirst again.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Our relationship with God can satisfy and refresh us.
Prayer: Dear Father, help us to tap into the living water that only you can offer. Amen.
Prayer Focus: AREAS EXPERIENCING DROUGHT
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