My kids and I love summer…long days of sunshine, vacations, bike rides, eating ice cream and popsicles…but of all the things we love about summer, one thing stands out above the rest. Summer is about the water!
Where we live it gets very HOT in the summer, and we love going to the pool as much as possible! A couple of weeks ago we were on a mini vacation enjoying the pool at our hotel. It was so much fun to see the boys splashing and playing together. There was even a little slide they were both big enough to go down. As I watched them, the thought quickly passed through my head that water is what makes so much of our lives so wonderful. We are drawn to it. Water is essential to our very existence on this planet. We simply can’t live without it. And we love it! Where do people usually go on vacation? To the water! Whether it is the beach, a river, or a crystal clear pool, there is something amazing about swimming in, drinking in, and seeing the beauty of water that we can’t seem to get enough of.
In the very next thought it hit me…water! How many times in the Bible does God talk about water, and describe the gift of the water of life?
I am always amazed at how we can be doing the most ordinary things, and God uses our surroundings to remind us of Himself. I shouldn’t be surprised though. In the Bible it says:
“since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20 NIV
The whole earth, and all of creation was made to praise the Lord and display His goodness and wonder!
“Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.” Psalm 148:3-12 NIV
The more I thought about water, I remembered the many times in the Bible where I had heard it referred to or used to illustrate something about God. I thought it would be fun to look up and share with you some of what it says. I hope you will be refreshed by God’s Word.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 NIV
Water is mentioned in the first two of verses of the Bible. Before there was light or the earth was formed, God’s spirit was hovering over the waters. No wonder we look at water and are overwhelmed by its power and beauty!
Here are a few more references to water from the book of Psalms.
“The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.” Psalm 29:3 NIV
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” Psalms 23:1-3 NKJV
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2 NIV
“The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the Lord on high is mighty.” Psalm 93:3-4 NIV
There are so many more passages in the Old Testament that speak of water. I encourage you to read some of them on your own.
Now here are a few more verses from the New Testament for you to examine.
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”” John 7:37-38 NKJV
“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.”” John 4:10 NKJV
“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”” John 4:13-14 NIV
When I searched the word “water” on my Bible app, over a thousand verses were listed. There are amazing stories in the Old Testament like the flood and God saving Noah and his family, the parting of the Red Sea for the Israelites, and God’s provision giving them water in the dessert.
The New Testament as well is full of stories involving water such as: Jesus’ Baptism by John at the beginning of his ministry, many miracles including water (turning water into wine, walking on water, calming the storm), Jesus washing the feet of His disciples before His crucifixion, and the great commission to go and preach the gospel to every nation and baptize believers.
The Bible has so much to say about water! These verses have only scratched the surface. The goal of my blog is always to prompt you to dig deeper into God’s Word yourself. A passing thought I had in the pool inspired me to spend time in the Bible, learning more about who God is, and what He has revealed to us in His Word. Thinking about this topic has reminded me that God is in charge of everything, He made it all, and creation is all about displaying His glory. It also makes me reflect that just like water is essential for life, so is my relationship with God. His love refreshes my soul like cold water on a hot day. I need water every day to stay alive. Without it, I would die. But even more, I need God every day to live, both on earth and for eternity.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV
I need the cleansing, purifying, life-giving, thirst-quenching water my soul can only find in Him.
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:3-4 NIV
I want to share with you two final verses about water. We started with the first chapter of the first book, Genesis. We will end with verses from the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, Revelation. I think that is pretty cool!
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” Revelation 22:1-2 NIV
Can you even imagine a more breathtaking waterfront view than of a river flowing from the very throne of God?!
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17 NIV
Are you thirsty? Come to the living water!!