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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, November 11, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
What did Jesus mean by “living water”? In the Old Testament, many verses speak of thirsting after God as one thirsts for water. God is called the fountain of life and the fountain of living water. In saying he would bring living water that could forever quench a person’s thirst for God, Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah. Only the Messiah could give this gift that satisfies the soul’s desire.
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 4:10-14 – 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.”
“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me some of that water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to haul water.”
Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” –John 7:38 (NIV)
Paula Geister (Michigan) titled her story “NEVER THIRST AGAIN;” here is a portion of Paula’s story:
“. . . Jesus promised that those who believed in him would possess streams of living water. His promise meant that in the future, believers would be filled with the Holy Spirit. When we drink living water from Christ, we are filled and satisfied – overflowing with the Spirit of eternal life.
“Though our underground spring may one day dry up, the Holy Spirit is an everlasting source of refreshment. Because of our faith in Jesus, we can always be sure of the promise of living water.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is a constant source of refreshment.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to be a source of refreshment to those who are in need of your love. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/