January 1, 2020
“The Lord, the fountain of living waters”
I came upon a mountain creek while hiking today... An endless stream of cold, clean, living water (“mayim chayim” in Hebrew) rushed by, racing down the hillside to the Columbia River below, then joining the waters to flow out to the Pacific Ocean.
Twice in the book of Jeremiah God refers to Himself as “the fountain of living waters” for His people – flowing waters that give life, refreshment, cleansing – as opposed to the murky, stale water often found in cisterns in ancient Israel. In John 7 Jesus offered “living waters” of the Holy Spirit to any who would come to Him and drink; and at the end of Scripture this same imagery appears again:
“The Lamb… shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to the springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Those living waters of God’s presence are available for us today – bringing hope to weary hearts, healing to wounded souls, and joy towards the future. It’s entirely our decision either to drink of those waters as we enjoy time in His presence, or to focus on the foul waters of this world’s busyness and strife.
Jesus stood and cried out, saying,
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Let’s leave behind the stale waters of the past. This day is a new opportunity to release forgiveness to those who have sinned against us, to cancel out the debts of wrongs we've suffered that would try to keep us bound, to receive God's forgiveness for our sins and grace for our failures, and to move forward with Jesus into the joyful future He has for us. As we prioritize time with God in the season ahead, our lives will abound with His presence and joy:
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy…
Psalm 16:11 NKJV
Let’s listen for His voice, feed in His Word, and drink the living waters of His Spirit’s power and presence in this next chapter of our lives.