On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem . . . in summer and in winter. (Zechariah 14:8)
Oh, what a word of encouragement we have today! Though seasons change and affect the world we live in, the living waters of our Lord’s love continually flow. The burning heat of the summer cannot dry up His love and the frigid cold of the winter will not cause it to freeze over. Our God changes not, and His love continually flows to us like streams of living water, regardless of the season of life we find ourselves in.
I don’t know where this message finds you today, but I do know this: Regardless of whether you are living in a season of summer, with the scorching heat of trials and tribulations knocking at your door, or experiencing a season of winter, with the icy winds of challenge and change blowing over you, God is ready, willing, and able to meet you in your place of deepest need with a steady flow of living waters that will never cease.
Knowing this truth must keep us from wandering and wading in other streams. To be sure, the world promises us delights if we will but sip from its springs, but these are empty promises that the world simply cannot keep. The world can never give us what only God can give. When we drink from the waters of this world, we are left thirsting for what matters most, because the waters of this world will never slake our thirst. Only God can give us purpose in life. Only God can give us meaning in life. Only God can give us significance in life. God created us in such a way that the things that matter most in this life can only be found in Him.
Jesus said it very plainly to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well: “Everyone who drinks this water [that is, the water of this world] will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
Regardless of where this message finds you today, remember that the way to slake your thirst in any area of life is to sip from the streams of your Savior. They flow continually and they flow to you. But remember, you must drink from them yourself, because God will not drink for you. An unlimited supply of living water will not serve you if you will not take the time to drink from it. Remember these words from our Lord, and be encouraged to drink your fill this day and every day God gives you: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink” (John 7:37).
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!