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.
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