But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14 KJV).
There is a picture that makes even the most optimistic person sad. It is of a tree that is dying whose leaves are all withered and it’s branches look like they are about to fall of due to the lack of consistent supply of water. Such a tree receives no nourishment from the severely dry and parched land on which it is planted. Even more depressing is the sight of the people who live in lands that are famine ridden and dry and fruitless with every living thing wasting away as a result of the lack of rain or water.
Sometimes our very lives feel like that. We are alive but only barely surviving. There is no consistent supply of nourishment to our roots. There are sometimes surface showers but they do not go down deep enough. We are parched and slowly fading away.
Have you lost your zest for life? Does life seem meaningless and purposeless? Are you ravaged by your circumstances so much so that the very life is being sucked out of you daily without ceasing?
There is no one who does no need refuelling and re – energising. Without this constant supply of new life and energy, we loose the vitality for life. That is why packaged holidays are very popular with the working class because there is a need to take a break and recharge our batteries for another long spell of day to day working.
Beyond taking holidays, you need constant supply of food and water and rest. What you refuel with is very important. Some things are toxic and not good for human consumption. Some are sweet to the taste but come with all kinds of health problems. Some look appetising but hold no real substance. Most leave you hungrier than you were before you even fed on them. The human search is for that which satisfies and is pure and does not leave us worse off. When we find such supply we make sure we are able to keep re-stocking it and if we can’t we are more miserable than if we had never tasted of the supply. It is like having a good holiday but never being able to save up to repeat the experience.
What if you found the purest source of nourishment? Something that gave you satisfaction and re-energised you like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Will you not abandon all junk foods (other less satisfying experiences) and stick with it? What if moreover, you have a promise that the supply will be constant and you will not have to save up or travel far to restock or repeat the experience? What if you can carry the supply with you somehow so that there is no longer any distance between your hunger and your supply? Your life will constantly be at its peak level, with your motivation and ability to take life on, all optimised
That sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? But this is exactly what God offers you through Christ. A constant pure nourishment for your soul and your spirit so that you never run out anymore. You flourish and thrive with the purest form of energy and sustenance for your soul. All your parched grounds get constant supply of water right down to the root, nothing superficial, no need to travel to far away lands in search of the latest craze or trend. You carry newness with you all the time. Even when circumstances seem to be dictating otherwise, you have a supply of life and power and vigour which is from on high and cannot be turned off.
No more parched, dry and thirsty land. No more famine and shortage and starvation. No more lack of energy where there is no motivation, nor reason to go on living. No more constant depression and anxiety and panic about what tomorrow holds.
This dream is real. It can be yours.
‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’. (Philippians 4:19 KJV)
‘For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly’. (Psalm 84:11 KJV)
‘For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?’ (Job 14:7-10 KJV).
‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’. (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV)
‘The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him’. (Psalm 92:12-15 KJV)
So the criteria is simple. It is that you Come (to the Lord) and you Ask (him for living waters)
If you are labouring, tired, dry and heavily burdened, even if you are like a tree cut down and all hope seems to be lost, the lord invites you to himself. He will give grace and glory, he will repair that which is dying, he will give living waters which satisfy. This can be found in his court, in his house, in his presence. Seek him, draw near to him, ask him for living waters. He will not withhold it from you. He will not reject you. He will plant you close to himself and he will put a supply of his spirit, his essence, himself in you. He will teach you to walk uprightly and to change the order of your life so that what seemed hard to do will no longer be hard to do. You will live right and speak right and do right. Your life will come into alignment and balance and you will begin to flourish. Even in old age, you will bring forth fruit.
Choose the Lord today.
‘The lord is my shepherd. I shall not want……….