Living Water (by Len Winneroski)

Unknown“The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.” Job 37:10, NIV

Did you know that ice is a miracle of science?   We have already talked about the structure of the water molecule (H-O-H), and the fact that water molecules form networks of weak hydrogen bonds with other water molecules.  Another amazing fact about water is that when it freezes to form ice it is about 9% less dense than liquid water.  That is why ice cubes float in your soda and ponds freeze from the top down.   I don’t think that you have to be a scientist to understand what would happen to the life in lakes and ponds if they froze from the bottom up.

So why does this happen?   The reason stems from the fact that liquid water has more energy than frozen water.  At higher temperatures the hydrogen bonds between the water molecules are easily formed and broken so that water molecules can jumble together in a relatively unorganized dense mass.   If you continue to heat water to the boiling point the hydrogen bonds are completely broken and the water molecules go flying off as steam.  If the water is cooled to the freezing point the molecules have less energy to make and break the hydrogen bonds and eventually six water molecules arrange themselves into hexagonal crystals (ice).   There are “holes” in the neatly arranged ice crystals which means that fewer water molecules can fit in a given area, thus the ice is less dense.  Is it amazing luck that water molecules behave this way, or is it the genius of a Master Inventor?

Two thirds of the human body is composed of water and we should drink at least eight glasses of water a day.   Water is critical to digestion, muscle tone, supplies oxygen and nutrients to cells, and rids the body of wastes.  Humans can only live 2-10 days without water depending on the environmental temperature.  The Word of God says that man needs another kind of water called living water. If we drink this kind of water we will live forever.  Let me explain.

The Gospel of John tells us about an encounter between Jesus and a woman at a well.   Jesus was by Himself and was exhausted from traveling, so He was sitting down by a well to rest.   A Samaritan woman came to Jacob’s well to draw water and Jesus startled her by asking for a drink.   The woman was startled because Jewish men never talked to Samaritan women during those times.   In the mist her confusion Jesus spoke again and said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10, NIV)   The woman did not understand what Jesus meant so He continued, “Everyone who drinks this (well) water will be thirst again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14, NIV)  I don’t know about you but I want the living water that Jesus offered the Samaritan woman.

So how do we get this living water?  During the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38, NIV)   Jesus went on to explain that living water is the Holy Spirit.   Are streams of living water flowing from our lives? Do others feel a deep thirst for Jesus when they examine us?  Living water is available for everyone who believes and asks, so let’s go to the well of prayer and ask Jesus for living water today.

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