Verse for Today: Thursday, December 22, 2011
2 Samuel 23:15 – David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”
Man longs to drink to quench his thirst. Man also has an inner thirst which is the thirst of his soul for God. But the world gives him the lukewarm water from its broken cisterns which increase his thirst. So he spends his entire life searching for better water from the world and pays for it with his life. David was thirsty and as a Bethlehemite, he knew that there was a well at the gates of Bethlehem which would quench his deep thirst. At that time David was running away because of his enemies. Still he desired to drink from the well of Bethlehem to quench his thirst. The water of Bethlehem meant all that a home and its rest would mean to him. But his followers had to risk their lives to give him that water to drink. Years later Jesus, the Water of Life came to Bethlehem to give the true and living water to all who are thirsty. He came to Bethlehem as a baby, but the thirsty people of Bethlehem did not recognize or accept Him. They rejected the Water of Life and have been in thirst all through the generations. Jesus the Water of Life poured Himself out for them on the Cross of Calvary and opened the never-ceasing stream of living water so that all who go to Him will quench their thirst forever. He quenches like nothing else would. If we drink this living water, He will take away our desires for the lukewarm waters of education, entertainment, fame and fortune and take away all the bitterness this world has put into our lives. He washes our hearts of all the sins and curses we inherited and all the iniquities we committed. By coming to Bethlehem 2000 years ago, Jesus announced that He was the Living Water for all to go to Him to drink to quench their inner thirst.
Dear friend, are you shopping for the best drinks of the world for your soul to take away all the bitterness in your soul? Are you lured into drinking the lukewarm waters of position, possession, prestige, popularity and prominence that this world offers you? But these will only increase your thirst and make you weary and sick with all the complications these desires create in you. But there is a stream of Living Water opened at Calvary for you to drink. He is the Water of Life who was born in Bethlehem to give you the drink of Heaven to quench all the thirst in your soul. If you are thirsty for love, He will fill you with divine love which makes you a part of the family of God to be loved by His and all His children. This love makes someone in some corner of the world to pray for you today because you are part of the family. If you are thirsty for peace, He will fill you with His peace no matter how complicated and cumbersome your situations are. Are you thirsty for rest in your soul? He will give you restful time of fellowship in His presence. Jesus offers to freely enrich your life with peace, love, rest, joy and satisfaction, whereas the water the world gives you cost you everything you have and are. Jesus paid the cost of your quenching with His life on the Cross. All you have to do is to go as you are to Jesus, admit that you are thirsty in your soul and ask for the living water and you will be filled to overflowing. You see, it was no mere accident that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The most meaningful and rich intervention of God to quench the inner thirst of man opened with the birth of the Living Water at Bethlehem. This living water will cure us of all our anguishes and drench us with peace eternal. Today you are invited to come and drink as much as you desire from this Living Water born in Bethlehem.John 7:37 – On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”Thought for TodayThe Living Water born in Bethlehem has opened a ceaseless stream at Calvary to quench our soul’s thirst.