Life without Water?
If there is anything on the planet that all living things need take in constantly, it is water. In our own bodies, water makes up about 65% of us….And without it, desert landscapes are void of vegetation and have trouble supporting the tiniest microbes.
The prophet Ezekiel describes the despair of a landscape and a people without water:
I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very DRY. The Lord asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezekiel 37:2-3)
We are completely dead without it.
Our Lord created every living thing to be utterly dependent on water for survival….and it seems this was very intentional on His part. This is because physical water is meant to point us to the True Water: the Holy Spirit drawn from Jesus.
Fortunately for us, the Lord knows we need to take in water constantly and He promises to give a refreshing cup of the True Water to us whenever we ask. In fact, He has even deposited a permanent supply within us:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow springs of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit” (John 7:37-38)
Water is life. (as the new non-profit would say 🙂 ) When everything else in this physical world passes away, the True Water will remain because the life He supports can never die. And we need Him every moment.
BUT IT GETS BETTER THAN JUST SURVIVING…Water Brings forth the Riches!
Israel ended 40 long years in the wilderness by entering into the Promised Land, a symbol of the True Land we have been brought into: Jesus Christ. God promised to make the land productive and abundant for them. However, they would have been powerless to unlock the riches and fruit of the land without a supply of water to make it fertile and productive. Without hydration, the land would have been completely barren and its potential untapped. But watering the land gave it expression, making it rich and abundant….and it also made THEM rich and abundant.
‘I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants.” (Isaiah 44:3)
In the same way, the True Water unlocks for us all the riches of Christ (The Land), giving Jesus expression through us and supplying us with His life. That is, after all, what the Spirit lives for. As Jesus says: “He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and will disclose it to you.” (John 16:14)
I like to think that one of the many ways the Spirit gives the Lord expression is by its reflection. The water of the Holy Spirit is described as springs, which are transparent and easily yield beautiful reflections….One of water’s many mysterious and life-give properties.
And when we together are filled with the water of the Spirit of Jesus, we: “with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
** For more on the unique (and strange) properties of water which support life, check out this article in Christianity Today: Water is Weird