Drink Deeply Thirsty Souls

Scripture Resource Passage: Revelation 7 I encourage you to read the Scripture passage prior to pondering the post.

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The best of television in my home, possibly yours as well, reveals deep-ocean waters teaming with life. Miles beneath the sun-lit surface, living in near total darkness, abundant creatures move through the depths. Some draw life from volcanic vents in the sea floor. Near the sea’s surface whale sharks open massive jaws consuming some of the smallest beings on the planet. Creation’s wonder surrounds us.

Earth’s waters bless us with abundant, thriving and exuberant life; yet, He Who brings Living Waters provides for more than biological existence. Christ provides abundant life (John 10:10). Christ is the One Who shepherds and for disciples, “…will lead them to springs of living water” (Revelation 7:17).

Throughout Scripture God’s prophets have looked forward to a water-rich time. Could the living waters of Revelation 7 be the day which faithful Zechariah imagined? “On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name (Zechariah 14:8-9). In his day Isaiah delivered God’s invitation to thirsty people when he wrote: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters…” (Isaiah 55:1a). 

The Psalm writer imagined God’s sustaining blessing in a series of contrasts which includes two images: “…You give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life…” (Psalm 36:8-9).

Individually counseling a well-side woman, one of no importance in society, when culture and religion said no one should acknowledge her, least of all provide profound theological truth, Scripture sets out an encounter with Jesus in John 4.  To the unnamed thirsty woman, He speaks with richness and depth picturing the presence of God’s blessings through Living Water. Throughout Scripture the presence of God’s blessings through the waters of Earth and Heaven remind me, the day of thirsty souls does not last forever.

Life Applications

On days when your soul is more than typically thirsty, which spiritual disciplines help you find water?

A high tide of blessing flows from Heaven as described in three additional passages. For encouragement and refreshment: See Revelation 21:6; 22:1 and 22:17 for Christ’s blessing of the waters.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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