FRIDAY, MARCH 27
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”
John 7:37 (NLT2)
According to a New York Times article, Mexico City has sunk 30 feet in the past century. “So much water has been pumped out from the aquifer beneath (the city) to satisfy 18 million residents that the ground is collapsing at a stunning rate.” The aquifers are replenished with water at a rate that is half the rate that water is extracted from them. Something similar can happen to Christ-followers. You can give so much to others that you lose your spiritual zeal if you don’t stay replenished. Has your journey with the Lord detoured into a desert? If so, the solution is within you.
Jesus wants you to know how to stay replenished and be full of zeal in your service for Him. In John 7:37-38, He painted a picture of abundant supply—not a trickle but rivers of living water produced by the Holy Spirit. If you find yourself in a desert, look no further than the Spirit who was given to you the moment you trusted Christ. The solution? Drink from Him. How? Slow down. Listen to His promptings, not ignore them. Depend on His power in prayer. Obey what He’s already told you to do in Scripture. Let Him remind you of your identity in Christ. Give Him every anxious thought. Trust Him, and you’ll never thirst again. When have you experienced a dry season in your spiritual journey? What do you think caused it? Are you currently in one now? Based on today’s devotion, what are some steps you can take immediately to access the living water within you?
Thank God for giving you the Holy Spirit to help you stay refreshed and full of zeal in your journey with Him. Thank Him for the joy and peace that He brings. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13 ESV).