Far too often we have taken it for granted since it’s accessible to us, until we faces water shortages due to a dry season.
- Its interesting to note that water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen (H20) is vital to the body system, as it makes up more than 2/3 of human body weight and without it, we would die in a few days. Even though water is everywhere, consuming clean water is vital in maintaining good health, Its important to the mechanics of the human body. Just as a car cannot run without petrol similarly the body cannot function without water. Our entire anatomy and physiology depended on water for the proper functioning of cell and organs.
- Water helps regulates body temperature via perspiration from sweat glands in the skin and from evaporation which produces a cooling effect. Too much or too little water consumed can have adverse effects to our body – to name only a few – constipation, headaches, indigestion, fluid retention, kidney stones, bladder and urinary track infections, other ailments. Water is excreted from the body through urine, faeces, sweating and by exhalation of water vapour in the breath.
- As our body is primarily water, it requires sufficient daily water replacement in order to function properly and avoiding dehydration. Its important to note that clean and safe drinking water with less impurities is vital so as to avoid waterborne diseases.
- Ironically just as the physical body requires clean, safe water for the body to function likewise we require the ‘Water of Life’ to nourished our soul.
You may be familiar with the story of the Samaritan woman at the well (Jacob’s well at Sychar). Here in John 4: 5-30 – The Lord Jesus broke the cultural, ethnic and gender barrier when he initiates the conversation with her by asking for a drink of water. Surprised at such a request, since she is an outcast by the Jews (Jews have no dealing with Samaritans).
Jesus in turn offered her ‘living water’. Like the woman at the well, we live like outcasts from the kingdom of God. We tried to fill our ‘broken cisterns’ (buckets with holes) with anything of value poured into it but it would be just as quickly flowed out. Like her, we are plagued by a deep inner thirst that cannot be fully quenched. He was speaking figuratively but she took it literally, accepting his offer. He was referring to the gift of His Spirit that would quenched her spiritual thirst – a graphic picture of a spring-fed well that is life-giving, life producing and life sustaining.
Facing the truth – John 4:15-21.
At this juncture Jesus revealed her present state of life – her past relationships with her five husbands and the sixth man whom she was living with. The passage did not shed light whether her husbands divorced her or whether they died nevertheless she faced public and religious scorn. As a consequence of it she may have had experienced emotional pain, rejection and needed the protection of a husband. He understood her hurts, suspicions and sympathises with her pain (Matthew 9:36). The devastated places in her heart need to be uncover and unearth for healing to occur. Perhaps embarrassed by this revelation, she evaded and switched to another topic about worship.
True Worship John 4:22-26.
True worship is not about going to a particular place or going through a certain ritual or liturgy, nor bringing of certain gifts. He resides in the willing hearts of those who love Him and earnestly seek Him. It is when our spirit, the invisible part of man meets the invisible, immortal God – we can experienced Him anywhere, anytime when we earnestly seek Him. (Matthew 7:7 …”seek and ye shall find”) God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth – vs. 24. Jesus disclosed to her that He is the promised Messiah (John 4:25-26) and had the answers to her disillusioned life.
Set free and release – John 4:27-30.
With the disciples untimely return, it posed an awkward situation for her to stay longer as it has caused an uncomfortable silence amongst them, as none dares to question Jesus – why was He talking to this Samaritan woman? She left her water jar (representing her natural or past resource) and ran back to her town to testify of her new found Saviour, who gave her the ‘water of life’. Jesus had quenched her lifelong thirst and she in turn no longer felt despised nor rejected as she boldly testify about Him and many came to believe in Him.
From the narration above, just like her heart, we too needs restoration – released from bondage to past relationships (things of the world that disappoint and damage us). Our God is a God of personal restoration.
Are you seeking for something to fill that emptiness in your life – Ask the Lord today to fill you with His Spirit.