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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

John 4:3-14 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  Drought in Our Spirits.  Topics:  2 art end.

“He left Judaea and returned to Galilee. His road lay through Samaria, and so He came to Sychar, a town in Samaria near the piece of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s Well was there: and accordingly Jesus, tired out with His journey, sat down by the well to rest. It was about six o’clock in the evening.

“Presently there came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus asked her to give Him some water; for His disciples were gone to the town to buy provisions. ‘How is it,’ replied the woman, ‘that a Jew like you asks me, who am a woman and a Samaritan, for water?’ (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) ‘If you had known God’s free gift,’ replied Jesus, ‘and who it is that said to you, “Give me some water,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ ‘Sir,’ she said, ‘you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; so where can you get the living water from? Are you greater than our forefather Jacob, who gave us the well, and himself drank from it, as did also his sons and his cattle?’ ‘Every one,’ replied Jesus, ‘who drinks any of this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks any of the water that I shall give him will never, never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become a fountain within him of water springing up for the Life of the Ages.’”  WEY (Read this scripture and more at

What would we do without water!  Shrivel.  Parch.  Die off.  Dry up and blow . . . away.

Do we refer only to plants here?  No, of course not.  All of these descriptors of dryness apply to us persons on Earth also.  We need the benefits of water just as any flower, grass, leaf or crop.  And how many of us are walking around ready to blow?  Far too many, it would seem.   

Our physical bodies recognize a parched condition.  We just know we have to have a drink.  Children recognize this and they ask for a drink.  Sometimes that salty pizza brings later a need for something wet down our throats.  Exercise uses up our body’s moisture prompting a thirst.  Most everyone we see running in a park or working out in a gym has a bottle of water handy. 

Spiritually?  Drought in our spirits?  Sometimes not so easily recognizable.  We can go about our daily, physical lives without spiritual moisture very easily; it’s just seemingly so easy to do.  We may feel restless, unanchored, “down.”  And it’s sometimes hard to discern why we are this way.  And so we may go along through our days without being anchored . . . until some wind of adversity or such blows our way and we’re suddenly at attention and realizing that, hey – something’s wrong here.  Sometimes our attention is arrested by news that we, or someone in our circle of people, is pregnant . . . and it’s a knockout surprise!  And there ends our days of being blown around adrift.  We’re brought up short.

Not that knockout surprises have to be bad.  A new baby!  Yea!  That is, if circumstances easily allow for a new person in the world.  But when not so?  The knockout news can be hammering.  What if this child coming is a result of a secret affair?  No longer a secret now.  What if this child coming is during a period of hardship, or there are plans for the future that will now be so very difficult to carry out?  What if we don’t think we have the capacity to love and care for another person in our lives?

Yes, it’s knockout news.

So how can we help?  This person’s life just seems to have become much drier.  A lack of hope brings a parched aspect.  There seems to be no way to find any refreshment or find a satisfactory solution.

This is when such a person needs a stream of water so pure that it overflows the cup and fills and refreshes and rejuvenates:  A cup of refreshment from the Lord Jesus.  Those of us who have accepted this cup and also know how to offer it must make sure it is offered.  This water, received, is the beginning of rejuvenation of spirit and of purpose. 

Along with the water must also come sincere intent to assist.  There are ways to approach such a situation that do not rely on Christ.  But the best and most strengthening way to address such a situation is through the Lord.  We who know Him must offer His love and salvation and then see someone through the difficulty that is such a blow.  We offer the water; hopefully it is received . . . and then we begin the process of refreshment, strengthening and victory. 

Lord, help us to do this, to offer your LIFE-water to those struggling with life.  Lead us to these persons and families, whether it be through an organized pro-life group or through friends or acquaintances. 

Topics:  Pray for wisdom to know when to offer Jesus’ water of life to those who need it most, in our circles of folks or beyond.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 04/30 at 04:43 PM
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