This is the last in this particular series of blog posts about the names of God. As I have mentioned throughout this blog series, focusing on the names of God helps focus a person on the qualities of God. It leads to deeper faith, greater trust and less worry. This last one that I am looking at today was one I looked at back in March of this year, right after everyone went into quarantine and social distancing. At the time, we all thought it wasn’t going to last all that long. Now, 2 months later, this name of Jesus is as relevant and appropriate as ever.
LIVING WATER: This is a title that Jesus used of himself two different times, and bother are found in the book of John. The most famous is in John 4 when Jesus encountered someone who was very different than himself in gender, ethnicity and social status. This woman was amazed that Jesus was even speaking with her. Since Jesus encountered this woman at a well where she was coming to get water, he used the analogy of water to speak about her deepest spiritual longings. He told her that they could only be found in himself, the living water.
Water is that unique thing that is utterly necessary to life. We can live for quite some time without food, but not water. All growing things need water. From a strictly physical side, I think of working outside on a hot day, and after a while, nothing satisfies or helps feel better like a tall, cool glass of water. We all know we need water to drink, yet we often try to get satisfaction through soda, juice, tea, coffee, beer or any number of other drinks. There is nothing wrong with most of them, but we are simply not as healthy when water is not a part of regular intake.
From a spiritual perspective, what then does it mean to see Jesus as “living water?” It means that trusting Jesus, following and spending time with him, satisfies the greatest and deepest longings of our souls. Nothing else we might run to for satisfaction will ever do what Jesus will do. They might be sweet in the moment, but ultimately are not what we need most. Jesus is the one who will satisfy. He will meet us where we are. He will bring joy and life. He will help us grow and be fruitful.
It is so easy to run to things that taste sweet and we think will satisfy in the moment. Yet they always disappoint and leave us wanting more. Only Jesus fully meets all our needs. So drink deep. Dive in. He will never let you down.
There are well over 1000 names and titles for God found in Scripture. I am attempting, in this short series of blogs, to explore just a tiny fraction of those names. If you have been reading with me, you will notice that I am trying to find a wide variety of names to look at. I am going to write this blog a little differently today. When I do these studies, here is how I explore these names. (It is simple and if you are so inclined, I would highly encourage you to try this on your own.) When I am looking at a name of God, I ask three questions:
MAN OF SORROWS:
Try this yourself! Take a name of God and ask these three questions. May God himself meet you in special ways as you do!
Have you ever gone to someone for counsel? Advice? Direction? Most of us have. Have you ever wondered what the criteria was for going to that particular person? Was it their expertise? Their friendship? That they would agree with you? Sympathize with you?
If you’ve ever gone to a professional therapist, I could ask the same questions. What made you pick them? Was it how they looked? That they really “got you”? Maybe they were the cheapest? Perhaps someone recommended them to you?
We don’t always pick the best people to be our counselors, either because of our own hang-ups or because of the problems with the counselor. One of the names for Jesus that I looked at recently talks of him being the best one to turn to when we need help.
COUNSELOR: In a famous bible verse from the book of Isaiah, Jesus is called the “Wonderful Counselor.” (Is 9:6) It got me thinking – what makes a good counselor in general and what makes Jesus a wonderful counselor? There might be more, but a good counselor does several things.
As you go through this life, make regular appointments with your heavenly counselor. Tell him your stuff. Listen to his questions. Follow his guidance. You will find that as he guides your life that he truly is the wonder counselor.
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.