The other day, we set up our little pool in the backyard for the kids to play in. It was so hot out, and we had to constantly remind the boys not to drink the water. Our tap water is not drinking water either, and last night we noticed that all the jugs of drinking water were almost empty. Ironically, every time we are running low on water, we feel a million times more thirsty! Sometimes I think just knowing we will soon have nothing left, makes us thirst for it even more. I started thinking about that a little bit last night, and realized that too many times in life it’s like that too. When things are going smoothly, and there are plenty of good things happening, it’s easy to go about our day, and not think too much about spending time with God. Then we see those blessings “dry up”, realize that we have nothing left, and are in desperate need of some “living water”. Just like my little boys needed to be reminded again and again, not to fill up on water that would harm them, God is constantly reminding us not to thirst for things that will hurt us or get in the way of our relationship with Him. It’s so easy to cling to things that we think well help us, or be a quick fix, but in the end, just like drinking dirty water, we see that they can hold some bad side-effects, or don’t really take away our thirst at all. No one would deny that on a hot day, there is nothing that will cool you off faster than glass of cold water. Sure you might be tempted to take a sip of soda, but in the end, you’ll still be thirsty, and in the back of your mind you know soda is no good for you! How often though, do we thirst after “living water”? When was the last time you craved God’s word? I have thirsted for my computer, or craved a new episode of a tv show, but at the end of the day, much like that soda, I have gained nothing, and I am left unfulfilled. No mater what I let get in the way, nothing satisfies compared to spending time with God. A glass of soda is ok from time to time, but it will never make you as healthy as drinking water will, nor will it quench your thirst the way water will. I don’t think there is anything wrong with talking to a friend on Facebook, or flipping through the channels, but if they are taking away from my time with God, and distracting me from doing God’s will, they become like contaminated water-unhealthy, and dangerous. We would never choose to drink dirty pool water, over a glass of filtered water.
Don’t settle for “contaminated water” over “living water” either.
“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” – Rev. 7:16-17