A devotional thought from Ken Easley for “Water from the Rock”
The nearest I can remember to “dying of thirst” is when I was outside hoeing weeds in a vegetable garden on a scorching July afternoon and had forgotten my thermos of ice water. For me, it was a matter of a few minutes of discomfort, based on my lack of preparation. But, wow, was I ever grateful when I got to the house! I simply take for granted that fresh drinking water is readily available.
It has not always been this way with humanity. The Bible includes several narratives that involve thirst and water. One such story is about the people of Israel under Moses’ leadership. Soon after miraculously leaving Egypt, they traveled to a place with no water. You can read about their plight in Exodus 17:1-4, when they demanded of Moses, “Give us water to drink.” Another story is about Jesus at a well one day, when He asked a woman, “Give Me a drink” (John 4:7, HCSB). This led Jesus to discuss with her how He is the source of “living water.”
All life on earth requires water to survive. It’s no surprise, then, that people quenching their thirst with water became a figure of speech for satisfying our spiritual appetite with God’s provision of living water. As we prepare to study the account of God’s surprising provision of water from a rock, stop right now and thank God for the good drinking water you enjoy. Then thank Him for Jesus, the living water who satisfies your spiritual longings.
Pause and Reflect
• Why do you think God created human life so that we require water on a daily basis?
• Have you ever been really, really thirsty? Once your thirst was quenched, did you stop to thank God for the provision? Why or why not?
• How important is it to make the connection that Jesus is our daily supply of “living water”?