“I lift my hands to you in prayer; I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.”
So, on Christmas Eve, I am reading about Living Water. It’s appropriate considering that Jesus is the Living Water that will never run out. The most prevalent example of this in Scripture is, of course, Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well recorded in John 4. From verses 7 – 15:
“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he could have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
The account continues with Jesus accurately predicting the woman has no husband and then telling her he is the Messiah. She tells everyone in the town, and many come to believe.
I find this Scripture encouraging on Christmas Eve because of what the birth of our Savior represents. He represents hope, peace, joy, grace, and love to us all. And, most of all, He is Living Water. Without Christ, we are parched and lifeless. But, His promise, from this passage, states that His Living Water can be ours. We can be drenched in it and filled to overflowing if we only believe. I wish this for all of you during this Christmas season.
God’s blessings on you today!