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"A Drink of Living Water"

August 10, 2004

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“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” John 7:37

Yesterday we left David “in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). But he finds his spiritual thirst quenched by God alone, his Rock and Salvation. The Son of David, Jesus Christ, says to the disciples and to us many years later: "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:37-38).

Having spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness, where He was tempted, Jesus relied on the Father and refreshed multitudes with living water. Having cried out in agony from the cross, “I thirst,” Jesus won the victory over the evil wilderness forces of sin, death, and the devil.

He now offers us the cool water of His Word and sacraments to quench our spiritual thirst day by day. Spiritual dryness will occur because of our sin and the circumstances around us. But the great thirst-quencher stands ready to help us and through us to pour forth a stream of living water to a dry, thirsty world. With the desert traveler we still cry out for “water, cool, clear water.” But God has supplied us with an endless drink of living water through Jesus Christ. How wonderful that we also have water from our spiritual canteen to share with others!

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving us living water. Help us to share this water with others. Amen.

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