I spent a month in Rwanda in 2016. Among other unforgettable things, God showed me the value of water. Most don’t have water that pours from one faucet, let alone seven. Women and men are seen carrying containers, lugging gallons of water up and down steep hills all day long. They must travel by foot to a remote well in order to cook, clean, and drink, what we would coin, “A simple glass of water.”
Similarly, the Jews knew the urgency of water when Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let them come to Me and drink.”
Here, in our American culture, these words may not seem so weighty. I mean, how many of us suffer lack of fresh water? So how are we to feel Jesus’s meaning?
We need only visit a nursing home, a cancer center, a cemetary to understand our need for the living water Jesus speaks of.
“You want grace, not for your body, but for your soul, and it is imperative that you should have it, or else your soul will first be in pain here, and at death the pangs of remorse will seize it, and afterwards an everlasting thirst, an unsatisfied want, will be the second death to you.” –Charles Spurgeon
“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” (vs 38)