Revelation 7:17, NIV
“For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
At supermarkets in the UK recently I’ve noticed cardboard boxes of green stalks in bunches. At one end they’ve been cut and at the top they have a sort of pointed end. If you take them home, and put them into a vase of water, in a day or two, you’ll have a vase of beautiful golden daffodils. It’s an amazing transformation.
I’ve just had the joy and privilege to spend the weekend helping on a course at one of the Ellel Ministries centres, and I was struck, as I listened to the testimonies at the end of the course, by the similarity to those lovely daffodils. When we spend time with the Lord Jesus, drinking in the living water He provides from the teaching of the truth of His word, and time in worship and loving fellowship, we see that transformation from the, often untapped, potential to the glorious reality of who He created us to be.
It’s quite interesting to look up the other references to living water in the bible. In Jeremiah 2:13, God calls Himself ‘the spring of living water’, and He points out the fruitlessness of trying to provide our own water by digging cisterns which don’t hold water (doing things our own way).
In John 4:10-11, Jesus is talking to the Samaritan woman at the well and tells her she should be asking Him for living water. And, in John 7:38, Jesus says that, if we believe in Him, living water will flow from us. How exciting is that!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we long to be like those daffodils and fulfil all the glorious potential that You intended for us. Help us to drink from those springs of living water which You provide for us. Amen.