Posted by: Phoebe | September 1, 2008

Living Water

Living Water
(A guest post from my brother Andrew)
Can you imagine walking in the Garden of Eden with God? The perfect harmony of what we were created to do, man and God in flawless fellowship roaming the beautiful creation. That unquenchable desire of ours linked up to the only thing that can satisfy it, the Eternal God. What on earth could have made them sin against God? What more could they want? As a matter of fact, the same question can be asked of believers today. After the amazing power of God that we have witnessed, why do we seemingly ignore our Maker and try to find satisfaction elsewhere? The truth is….I don’t really know. It seems probable that it stems out of a desire to be independent from God.
In Genesis 3:6 it says, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”
Or, as the serpent said, “you will be like God”. Who needs God if you’re like God?
In the same way in my life, while I don’t out right reject God, that utter dependence makes me uncomfortable. Satan wants me to think that, “Yes, I need God, but not every day, not every hour.”
The thing is that God is smarter than we are and He placed in us a homing device. When He created us he birthed in us an insatiable desire for more. It’s a good thing too. Otherwise we’d learn only so much about Him and then we’d be done and spend the rest of eternity twiddling our thumbs. However, all too often something entices us away. Sometimes it’s an alluring sin disguised as something harmless or it’s that desire to be independent from God or even something good that slowly grows larger and larger until it takes God’s place. However, because of that unsatisfiable desire for more, it may be exciting for a while but in the long run we can do no more than deceive ourselves that we are happy.
In John 4, Jesus offers the living water that can quench eternal thirst to the woman at the well. He whimsically and powerfully puts His finger on the idol in this woman’s life; she, like so many in this culture today, has tried to find men to make her happy. She has been from one to the next to the next trying to find that Prince Charming who will solve all her problems.
But Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
This life-giving water is the ultimate and only passport to the Almighty God for those that will accept it. And what a God He is! Just as a custom-made suit of clothes fits only its owner perfectly, so we only fit perfectly when we are in the fellowship of God because we were created for Him. Those men in the Bible who have seen God cannot even find words to describe Him. They say that, despite all the splendor around Him, He is the star of everything. Brilliant light and fire radiate from Him. Unheard of Creatures, the like of which would terrify those on earth, are utterly in awe and they exclaim, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
This is the same God who came to earth as a human, giving up that glory, and pouring out His life to death so that we might be saved from our sins. It is my passion that those who don’t know Him personally would accept that gift. And for all who already have made that decision to live like they should, in awe and reverence, overwhelmed by the privilege of giving back to Him and desperate to know Him better, eager to pick up their cross and follow Him.
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