Water in the Wilderness
“…I will make the wilderness a pool of water…”
Imagine yourself stranded in the wilderness for days or even months without any source of food and water. These challenges were faced by the Israelites after they crossed the Red Sea and travelled through the wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula. Most of the land is devoid of water and vegetation making it harsh and inhospitable. The nature of the terrain caused them to experience lack of food and water, diseases, earthquakes, snakes and scorpions (Deuteronomy 8:15). As 65% of the human body, water is essential to people. On average, human can survive 3 weeks without food, but our body can only last 3 days without water.
Water is the source of life. Our physical body needs water to carry oxygen and nutrients to cells and flush wastes out of our bodies. Without water as a routine part of our intake, we cannot digest or absorb food. Water is also mentioned a lot of times in the bible to represent the cleansing of the sinner by the washing of the water of the Word of God; it is also the source of the living water that springs up into eternal life; Jesus referred to the coming of the “living water” as the Holy Spirit which at the time He spoke had not yet been poured out; and finally, God is the source of this living water in both the Old and the New Testament.
John 4 : 14
“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”
Jesus is the fountain of living waters (Jeremiah 17:13). God’s word is the living water. Without His words our soul will wither and bear no fruit. Therefore, be thirsty of God’s word. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. When we drink the water from Him, we will not be thirsty of temporary satisfaction anymore but we will be lifted into new heights of faith and grow more and more in Him to become springs that brings light, life, and blessings for others.
The Israelites faith, same with us in our life struggle, is tested in the wilderness. Don’t be like Israelites who murmured against God and in the end being excluded from entering the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 1:35). Our Father knows us better than anyone, even ourselves. He wants us to surrender our life to Him, to count our blessings, to give thanks always and to trust in Him and His promises. He will quench us in the middle of the drought when nothing seems right. He alone is able to make not just a bucket, but a pool of water in the wilderness.