June 11
             SPRING UP OH WELL 
Water.  This is the greatest need in the wilderness.  Barren, dry, hot--and without water, you will perish. 
 
The same is true in the spiritual deserts of life.  While navigating through times of difficulty, we often think we will die of spiritual thirst.  But the psalmist declared:  "He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings"  (Psalm 107:33-35). 
 
It was at a well in the desert area of Samaria that Jesus met the women whose story is recorded in John 4.  She had come to draw water to quench her physcial thirst, but Jesus saw her greater need for spiritual water.  He declared: "...Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life"  (John 4:13-14). 
 
Jesus also declared:  "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37-38). Of what water was Christ speaking?  The next verse explains:  "But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified"  (John 7:39). 
 
This is the kind of spiritual water God wants to give you.  It is the living water of salvation through Jesus Christ that will spring up into everlasting life.  It is the outpouring of His Holy 
Spirit in your life that will guide, teach, and sustain you through the wilderness of this world. 
 
The Psalmist cried out,  "O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary"  (Psalm 63:1-2). 
 
If this is your cry from your wilderness today, then receive the Word of God through the Prophet Isaiah:  "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground..." (Isaiah 44:3). 
 
At one location in the wilderness, God directed Moses to..."Gather the people together, and I will give them water. Then Israel sang this song, Spring up , O well; sing ye unto it..." 
(Numbers 21:16-17). As the people began to sing and praise God, the water gushed forth! 
 
Right now--right there in the dry place you are in--begin to sing to the source of Living Water within you:  "Spring up oh well!"  Get ready to receive.  Come thirsty. 
 

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