Run to the Living Water
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”John 7:37
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.”Isaiah 55:1
This July, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Lake Placid Ironman, where thousands of competitors ventured to race on a course that consisted of a 2.4 mile (3.9 km) swim, a 112 mile (180.2 km) bicycle ride and a 26.2 mile (42.2 km) marathon run, totaling 140.6 miles (226.3 km).
I asked a lady competing how many Ironman races she has done, and she shared how she attempted more races than she completed.
She told me that in one race she didn’t hydrate properly and wasn’t able to finish the race she started.
Physically hydrating is critical as an athlete and in life: we know that it is only days that we can live without water.
My triathlon coach has suggested drinking water every 15 minutes while training and every 10 minutes during a race. Staying hydrated is key to success as an athlete and also as a spiritual athlete in God’s kingdom.
Jesus shared that He offers water that is like no other water we could ever find on this earth.
He offers living water that satisfies our soul.
As Jesus was wearied from one of His journeys, He went to a well to rest and a woman was also there.
He spoke to her a life-changing message about living water that transformed her life and also her community,
“Everyone who drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I give him will become in him a spring of living water welling up to eternal life.”John 4:13-14
Jesus gives us living water.
In a world that is full of “salt water” drinks, that is, things that leave you thirsting for more, Jesus gives us living water that satisfies.
Come to Jesus and to the waters and thirst no longer.
He is the One who ultimately satisfies us.
Run to the living water, be satisfied, and run the race set before you with renewed endurance.
- Are you spiritually thirsty today? How are you going to quench your thirst?
- What does Jesus mean when He says, “living waters”?
- Read Isaiah 41:17-18 and Revelation 7:16-17. What do we learn about who God is through these passages?