The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Psalm 23:1-3 (NLT)
Green meadows and peaceful streams are hard to come by in my part of the country right now. Rainfall has been minimal this spring. The pastures are no longer green and many of the smaller streams have dried up. Add excessive heat on top of that and you can see why both people and plants are stressed.
Water is the life-giving force on our earth. It feeds the plants and satisfies the thirst of the animals. It provides sustenance and recreation for people. Without water, things begin to die.
In my neighborhood, you can definitely tell the lawns that have had regular watering from those that haven’t. The watered lawns are green and healthy; the lawns that were not watered are brown and dry.
What does your landscape look like right now? No, not your physical landscape but the landscape of your heart. Have you taken the time to water it regularly with God’s Word? Or has a drought set in this summer? I know that summer means days away from school and sleeping late and swimming with your friends. But if your heart has not had regular watering with time in your Bible, prayer and devotion time, it might be starting to dry up.
Water plays an important part in the lives and times of the Israelites. Before they even left Egypt, God performed a miracle to demonstrate His power by turning the water of the Nile to blood. As they journeyed through the dessert, God supplied them with water, turning bad water into good, and bringing forth water from a rock. The “water of cleansing” was used extensively in the rituals performed by the priests. God parted the waters of the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to cross in safety and later held back the waters of the Jordan for them. Throughout the Old Testament, water and the rights to that water, were contested regularly.
Once Jesus entered the scene, water began to mean more than just life. It began to mean life with Christ. Water was used to baptize, signifying repentance for sin and a new life in Christ. Jesus became the water of life for many.
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” Matthew 3:16-17 (NLT)
In the story of the Samaritan woman, Jesus proclaims this living water.
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water” …. Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:10,13-14 (NLT)
Don’t let the living water of Jesus and His Words and promises dry up in the landscape of your heart. Refresh it daily with praise, thanksgiving and joy. Continue to pray and continue to believe and continue to send Your petitions to God. He hears, He listens, He helps, He sends comfort and peace. Your prayers are the only way to open the floodgates of heaven.
“I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26 (NLT)
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