What is welling up inside of you?

June 6, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
(John 4:13-14 (NIV))

I want to ask you a question, if I may.

How many times have you felt the presence of God and you actually felt like you had something welling up inside of you? Did you feel like you could “bubble over?” Did you feel refreshed and cleansed?

I have often wondered if this is how we personally experience the Living Water that Jesus gives to us.

Think back on the times when you know that you felt God’s presence the most in your life. How did you feel? Do these thoughts evoke the feelings that you would associate with water? It quenches your thirst. It refreshes. It cleanses. It is is cooling. It is soothing. It is comforting. Fresh water is often thought of as bubbling up, or welling up, from a spring. The sounds of bubbling water are relaxing and peaceful. Does these thoughts describe the sensations that you felt when you felt God’s presence?

I find it very interesting that we can go without food for many days, but that we cannot go without water or we will die. Water is essential to our survival. It is so much a part of us. Still, in our physical form, we will eventually not be able to be refreshed. Water is an integral part of each of us.

I have said before that I believe that for every physical aspect of life, there is a corresponding spiritual aspect of life. Water is important to our physical bodies and Living Water is important for our spiritual well being. Just as water is essential to life, Living Water is essential to eternity. Somehow our bodies know this. It is our minds that make us not see the obvious.

Living Water rejuvenates. It cleanses. It soothes, It is calming. It is peaceful.

It is the way that God pours out upon us the closeness of a relationship with Him that we lost at the Garden of Eden. Living Water brings peace. It brings joy. It brings patience. It brings kindness. It brings self-control. Just as physical fruits cannot mature without water, the fruits of the Spirit need the Living Water to grow to maturity.

What is welling up inside of you?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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Thirst

February 10, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

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 would 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 flocks and herds?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him 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.”
(John 4:7-15 (NIV))

All of our lives we thirst.

We thirst for water. We thirst for knowledge. We thirst for love. We thirst for something that we just can’t describe. We know instinctively that there is something that we need, but we just can’t put our finger on it.

What Jesus described to the Samaritan woman intrigued her. It sounded too good to be true, and in the physical world, it is. We are physical beings bound by the laws of the physical world, unless God intervenes. What Jesus was offering was that intervention.

Think for a moment about how you feel when you are extremely thirsty. Now, imagine the satisfaction of a cool, refreshing drink of water. How does that make you feel? If you are like me, there is nothing like the complete refreshment that such an experience brings. Some smart ad agency even capitalized on this sensation years ago when they marketed a brand of tea by showing the “plunge.”

Now, imagine a spiritual refreshment that brings the same sensation – the same feeling of refreshment.

In our humanity, we are not used to things that never fade or never change. We are used to constantly needing to replenish what we have. This is true of everything, and some people have even taken this to extremes with feelings of exhilaration that they try to use as the refreshing sensation. They long to fill themselves with something that will bring them peace, joy and, yes, refreshing.

People are seeking what can only be found in one source. People are seeking something that will bring them satisfaction – something that will never go away.

Think about that for a moment.

How did you feel when you first accepted Jesus? If you are like me, you felt refreshed and renewed. You felt ready to live. You felt energized. You felt the power of the living water.

Does the living water still refresh you?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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