The recent water ban here in Park Rapids reminds us of the preciousness of water. In a recent city council meeting, residents enumerated various uses of water, including drinking, washing, and helping vegetation to grow. The necessity of water is why most major cities in America are near large bodies of water. We need water, not only to thrive, but to live at all. The recent ban is a highlight of this fact.
The Bible talks about the importance of water as well. A man who wants to be nourished in the ways of God, says Psalm 1:3, “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.” When we speak of our desire for God, the Psalmist describes it this way: “As the hart [deer] panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” Jesus met a woman in John 4 who was at a well getting water for herself. Here is what He told her:
“If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” When she asks what He means by that saying, Jesus says: “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
It is true that as nice as water is, and as thankful as I am that we have infrastructure that provides water, I know that physical water will eventually lose its effectiveness on my body and I will need more. We keep going back to get more water, but Jesus says that His “living water” is different. He says “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.” As needful as water is to the human body, God is needful to the human soul. We all yearn to have a relationship with God, and Jesus is the only way to that relationship, and ultimate fulfillment. When you enter into a personal relationship with Christ, He satisfies the spiritual thirst you have.
The best part about the “living water” from God? There will never be any ban on it. Jesus said in John 6:37 “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”