The mid-west has been in a drought for a long time. We see the ramifications of the lack of rain in our landscapes, crops, local laws, and certainly in our hunting. I’ve heard complaints from deer hunters, bird hunters, water fowl hunters, and even from the predator hunters. All animals need water. Water is a life sustaining ingredient that is irreplaceable. Hunters have seen the patterns of the animals they hunt change, tried and true trails have been reestablished elsewhere, migratory routes have been re-routed, honey holes are now absent of honey…the lack of water has changed everything. Shallow lakes in the mid-west are now filled with bushes and small trees. Wheat fields are dry and their topsoil is blowing away in the wind. Our strategy and techniques for hunting change out of necessity, however, there is no overcoming what we all need…water. The life-giving blessing of the heavens opening up and rain falling down from the sky. We need that.
John 4: 7-14 says, “There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
The drought affects more than our crops and livestock, more than our landscapes and laws, more than our hunt areas and techniques…the drought affects our decisions. Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that she will never thirst again if she drinks from the living water. In fact, this drink of water will result in a living well of water which will spring up from inside of her…and us. In John 7:37-39 it says, “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
The living water is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the well eternal, the life-giving water from heaven which enables us to decide. Not decide whether we believe…but decide how to respond. How to respond to everyday life. How to act, how to speak, how to walk, how to bring the light of Christ into this dark world that needs Him so badly. Do you think this world needs Christ? Do you think this world needs an internal eternal well of living water bubbling up out of the souls of men?
Have you seen the news lately?
Major corporations lying to congress to conserve their ability to make money, crazed gunman killing kids in school, an economy on the brink while our professional sports pay king’s ransoms to play kids games, debates about the legality of torture and killing babies in the womb, an elected government playing russian roulette with our future in order to further a political party agenda…all symptoms of the same ailment. All symptoms of drawing water from wells that hold none. An ailment only remedied by Christ.
Jeremiah 2:12-13 says, “Be appalled, O heavens, at this, And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord. “For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves cisterns,
That can hold no water.”
Whenever we replace the well of living water with wells of our own making, we reap evil. We end up with corporations more concerned about the almighty dollar than the Almighty Lord. We end up with damaged minds, which conceive plans, to kill innocent kids, to make a point only justifiable to the insane. We end up with endless debates about “when life starts” and “the end justifying the means” to sanctify acts which cannot be sanctified. We end up with spoiled athletes and spoiled owners fighting about revenue which counts in the billions of dollars. We end up with elected officials more concerned about their personal preservation than the preservation of the body they are sworn to preserve. We end up with EVIL manifest…everywhere!
We are in a drought, a drought of the human condition. We were made to seek God. We were made to yearn for the living water that is found in Him…and Him alone. Zechariah 14:7-9 says, “For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.”
This passage is a prophetic passage to the time when the Holy spirit will descend upon the disciples and they will begin to spread the gospel across the world. That task…is still not completed. That task…is still ongoing. That task…to let our living water flow to all who have not heard…is our task. Yes, we are in a drought, but the internal well that springs eternal…is the living water this world desperately needs.
Lets decide…to give our neighbor a big glass of living water today.