Water was scarce in Jesus’ day, yet water was as much a necessity for life then, as it is today. Just as the physical body needs water to continue living so does your Spirit.
Jesus is the water needed by the spiritual part of man. Without Him the soul will eventually die. The soul is thirsty and we try to quench that thirst with many things that satisfy for a while, but eventually we get thirsty again. The only thing that can truly quench the thirst of the spirit is the living water, Jesus Christ.
We too, are bearers of this good news, and we lead others to the source of Living Water himself. Drinking the Living Water from someone else, will not quench the thirst for long… you will have to keep going back to the person for more – it can create a dependency if people look to the vessel as the source instead of having the Fountain of Living Water, flowing from within as the Source. The Living Water is given not only to quench our thirst, but is also given in order to flow through us, to others, to be poured forth, in order to draw people to the Fountain of Life. But this water must be fresh spring water…
The Lord declares, “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13).
Cisterns in Old Testament times are defined as being artificial reservoirs dug in the earth for the collection and storage of water from rain or a spring. However, drinking from a reservoir of water is not the same as drinking from a fountain or spring. Cisterns speak of something that has been made by man and is therefore artificial, instead of being naturally produced and sustained by God. It is referring to stored water instead of fresh, flowing water.
One thing that is guaranteed to make you thirsty, is living in a desert without water for a time. Living in the desert is not ideal to say the least! Everything looks the same day in and day out in a desert, there is no joy in life. But God allows those times for a purpose. Only when you have experienced the heat and torture of the waterless desert, will you thirst and desire and long for the breakthrough of springs of Living Water and will fully appreciate the abundance of water and green pastures that God brings you to.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
I’ve Got a River of Life
♫ I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me!
Makes the lame to walk, and the blind to see.
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free! ♫
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me!
Spring up, O well, within my soul!
Spring up, O well, and make me whole!
Spring up, O well, and give to me
That life abundantly.
♫ It started gushing up when God set me free.
That I keep the flow is my only plea.
I’ve got a river of life springing within me.
Once I call His name there’s a flow within;
It turns me from my day, makes Him Lord again.
As my spirit burns, Satan cannot win.
Calling, “Oh Lord Jesus,” keeps the flow within.♫