Psalm 42:1-3 (NLT)
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”
It would be interesting to see how many times in the course of a day that the refrigerator is opened and closed in our home. If there was a model that could be opened with a footpad as an electric door at the local store or perhaps an overhead sensor, my family would inquire immediately. It seems that no matter who comes in whether it is my husband, our children or their friends everyone heads to the fridge. They are not hungry and thirsty just being sure that when they are there is a source to be found. It’s funny because when they go to grandma’s house they do the very same thing. I only hope that they have the good sense not to do so when visiting friends. It is human nature to ensure that these two qualities are satisfied in life with thirst being the primary focus. A human being can live up to 21 days and even longer without food. Amazing since my kids cannot seem to make it a couple of hours. But a human being in normal conditions can only live 3 to 5 days without water, if there is extreme heat or cold even this timeframe is reduced. People cannot survive without water. Maybe that is why although God no longer sends manna down from Heaven, He continues to provide rain! Thirst is the primary need to be met for physical survival and spiritual survival as well. Thirsty? For what? Unless you are thirsty for God, you will never be satisfied. He is the Living Water that moves the source from the outside to your insides. Now you can thrive and flourish rather than exerting constant effort looking for what already belongs to you according to the Word of God.
John 4:10-14 (NLT)
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, 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 well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
Jesus Christ promised to give us Living Water. When He died on the Cross and ascended to Heaven, His Spirit was released and made available to all mankind. (John 7:37-39) His Spirit guarantees our inheritance including every blessing, promise and detail according to God’s Plan. (2 Corinthians 1:22) We should foster the Spirit of God in our life by feeding on God’s Word and communication through prayer, praise, worship and thanksgiving stirring Him up in our life to open the Windows of Heaven. The Spirit establishes our rights to the Kingdom. He identifies us as God’s Children. (Romans 8:15) Just as my family does not ask for anything in the kitchen of our home, you do not have to constantly ask the Lord for your basic necessities or those things you are confident to be yours. By faith, you will receive them. My children do not worry that when they flip the light switch the lamp won’t come on or press the remote that the television will not light up because they are confident that we have paid the electric bill and will provide the power they need. Jesus Christ is the Source of our Life. His Spirit is our guarantee that as Children of God we will not hunger and thirst for the things of this world. He has promised to supply every need. (Philippians 4:19) But if you do not know the Source of Life, then it is impossible to put your faith and trust in His Ability to satisfy your every longing. If you are not aware of what He has to offer, how can you expect Him to deliver? If you do not know the details of your inheritance, how will you ever be confident in your requests and petitions to the Lord? You have right to Living Water. Are you tapping into the source? You cannot have the water until you own the well.
Isaiah 58:9-12 (NLT)
Then when you call, the LORD will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17) When you decide to tap into your inheritance as a Child of God, you will experience inevitable freedom. The greatest freedom is that by the removal of the heavy yoke of oppression that is caused by separation from God who is our source of life. Now we are set free to live as Children of God free from the worries and cares of unbelievers because we believe and receive God’s Promises…right? Oh if this were only the case what a revival there would be as lives were fully restored by faith and trust in God as the Source of Life. We would be like a well-watered garden rather than burnt out. Our strength would be restored. We would be an ever-flowing spring sharing the Good News with others without a care in this world. But instead of enjoying God’s Overflow in our life because we thirst for only Him, we are carrying shovels, ropes and buckets trying to find natural resources rather than relying on supernatural provision. When the woman at the well finally received Living Water, she left her water jug behind satisfied that He was more than enough. You have the potential to live a restored and refreshed life thanks to Jesus Christ who is the Source of Life who sent His Spirit to live in you. You can be satisfied. You are free to live without oppression in your life. Why are you still trying to find water? Why are you working so hard to dig your own well?
Genesis 21:14-19 (NLT)
So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on Hagar’s shoulders. Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba. When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears. But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.” Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink.
Hagar’s story is like many others in the Word of God and even many testimonies heard today. When life doesn’t turn out as one expects, and we find ourselves in hopeless despair because our plans never pan out. We sit in the desert of life experiencing an emotional and spiritual drought. We hunger and thirst for some kind of relief abandoning our dreams to die out there with us. But God has another plan much better than we ever imagined. Yes, she had been sent away from Abraham’s camp. She was now physically alone with her son, but God was still with her. Ishmael was the son of Abraham and part of God’s Plan. He would not die in the wilderness but thrive under the promise of his natural father, Abraham as pronounced by His Father, God! The entire Arab nations are Ishmael’s descendants. God didn’t leave Hagar and her son out but had to move them out so it would come to pass. “Then God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw a well full of water.” Just because things did not turn out as you planned does not mean that everything is not going according to God’s Plan. He is perfecting that which concerns you. Every detail will be made good according to His Plan for your life. It just may not be your way. If it takes a drought to open your eyes to God’s Provision, Promise and Favor then so be it that is exactly what God will allow to happen until we thirst for Him and look to the Lord as our provider.
Genesis 26:19-22 (NLT)
Isaac’s servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water. But then the shepherds from Gerar came and claimed the spring. “This is our water,” they said, and they argued over it with Isaac’s herdsmen. So Isaac named the well Esek (which means “argument”). Isaac’s men then dug another well, but again there was a dispute over it. So Isaac named it Sitnah (which means “hostility”). Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the LORD has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”
Prosperity is a direct result of God’s Promise. It is part of God’s Plan and well-provided for ahead of time therefore there is no dispute over it. Your inheritance was established before you were born. You cannot have anyone else’s and they cannot have yours! Too many times we fight people for what they have or envy others for what belongs to them and get held up in a struggle over things that do not belong to us. The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich with no sorrow added to it. (Proverbs 10:22) If we could only grab hold of this promise rather than becoming intent on making our own way through life and pursing worldly success, then we would live in the supernatural resources of God rather than chasing the American Dream which can turn into a nightmare. Isaac focused on God’s Promise and not personal property. Think about it. He did not fight for the water but just keep looking for another well. We are after water but if we have a deep well the water will never run dry. Do you want a cup or overflowing faucet? A cup requires service to something. Running water keeps the cup overflowing. If you will just stay true to the source, you will never be dry and empty. The Lord has created enough “prosperity” for everyone. Prosperity begins in the soul! (3 John 1:2) If we would only stop worrying about every single day and every dollar to focus on the Source of Life, then our cup would runneth over rather than always running on empty!
Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (NLT)
Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well. For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Our spirit partnered with the Holy Spirit will allow us to enter Eternity. Everything else will return to the dust of the earth. It is time to focus our efforts on the Source of Life rather than becoming broken, worthless vessels. You are the vessel God is after as He pours His Life inside of you until you overflow with His Goodness and Grace to the Glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:6-10)
Psalm 63:1-5 (NLT)
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
Some people are satisfied with a cup of God’s Goodness, others love to dance in the rain, but I for one am tired of such solutions and choose to find the well that won’t dry. I want Living Water to flow through my life satisfying every longing of my dry and thirsty soul. Life is hard. Times are tough. I am a Child of God not subject to drought and famine because I have a well of Living Water flowing from my belly if I choose to put my faith and trust in the Source of Life rather than the things of this world. I have put away my shovel. I no longer need a rope but choose to earnestly search for the Lord. My soul thirsts for you, Lord. My whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. But it is not my home! Your Presence is where I belong until Eternity comes to greet me. I want my own inheritance – no one else’s will do so I will wait for it. Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit that escorts along the way! Thank you for Living Water now I can put my bucket away!
Revelation 7:15-17 (NLT)
“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple.
And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter. They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”