As they make music they will sing, "All my fountains are in You." Psalm 87:7 (NIV)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Water. When it's plentiful and available, we rarely think of it. When it's in short supply, it's hard to get our minds off of it. All around the world people search out wells and water, especially those that live in desert areas where water is a scarce and precious commodity. Simply stated, people need water to sustain themselves, their families, and their animals.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus refers to this matter of thirst. He contrasts the water we need for physical survival with a source of water that will slake our thirst permanently. "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).
The water we find in the natural world can never satisfy the thirst we have when Christ is not in our lives. Only those who receive the eternal water of the Savior will never thirst again. The living water the Father pours out in His Word is forgiveness of sins, new hope for life in this world, and the promise of life eternal beyond the grave. And all this is freely ours because Jesus went to the cross for us. Because Christ is risen, we, too, shall rise again.
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, of all the needs we have, Your gracious provision for our spiritual thirst is the most important. Bless You for giving us Your Son as the living water. Amen.
Biography of Author:
This devotion was written by a volunteer from the Lutheran Hour Ministries' office in Hong Kong. As LHM volunteers, these individuals give their time, talents, and treasures to serve those who are hurting. As ambassadors for Christ, they share the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ with people in more than 40 countries around the world.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.