John 7:37 - More Living Water

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 (KJV)

His offer, Come to Me and drink, is an offer of salvation. [Bible Knowledge

Here is a gospel invitation to come to Christ, and a gospel promise of
comfort and happiness in him. (Matthew Henry's Commentary)

Come to me and accept me; and I will put into you through my Spirit a new
life which will give you purity and satisfaction, and give you the kind of
life you have always longed for and never had. [Barclay Commentary]

When we put our faith in Jesus and ask for a drink, he gives us his Spirit.
 The Holy Spirit becomes an inexhaustible river of living water, welling up
in us and flowing through us.  The indwelling and eternal Holy Spirit goes
with us wherever we go and can quench even our strongest spiritual thirst.
Having this water "on tap" is the key to resisting the temptation to escape
through alcohol, food, sex, work, codependent relationships, and other
compulsions.  [Life Recovery SB]

 [Living water.] As a true spring is ever supplied with water from the great
deep, with which it has communication, so shall the soul of the genuine
believer be supplied with light, life, love, and liberty, and all the other
graces of the indwelling Spirit, from the indwelling Christ. (Adam Clarke

He who seeks to quench his thirst at the fountains of this world will drink
only to thirst again.  Everywhere men are unsatisfied. They long for
something to supply the need of the soul.  Only One can meet that want.  The
need of the world, "The Desire of all nations," is Christ.  The divine grace
which He alone can impart, is as living water, purifying, refreshing, and
invigorating the soul.  Jesus did not convey the idea that merely one draft
of the water of life would suffice the receiver.  He who tastes of the love
of Christ will continually long for more; but he seeks for nothing else.
The riches, honors, and pleasures of the world do not attract him.  The
constant cry of his heart is, More of Thee. DA187

One of the terrible tragedies of human behavior is for people to turn to
other human beings in an effort to find sustenance for their spirits.  They
are always deluded, ever disappointed.  Our spirits can only find life in
the Living Spirit of the Living Lord.  Our eternal quest for life-giving
water can only be quenched by the eternal life of God Himself coming to us
through the hidden springs of His own person who indwells those who are open
channels for His life.  [W. Phillip Keller; Time with God devotional SB]

        The heart that receives the word of God is not as a pool that
evaporates, not like a broken cistern that loses its treasure. It is
like the mountain stream, fed by unfailing springs, whose cool,
sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, refreshing the weary, the
thirsty, the heavy-laden. It is like a river constantly flowing and,
as it advances, becoming deeper and wider, until its life-giving
waters are spread over all the earth. The stream that goes singing
on its way leaves behind its gift of verdure and fruitfulness. The
grass on its banks is a fresher green, the trees have a richer
verdure, the flowers are more abundant. When the earth lies bare and
brown under the summer's scorching heat, a line of verdure marks the
river's course.
        So it is with the true child of God. The religion of Christ reveals
itself as a vitalizing, pervading principle, a living, working,
spiritual energy. When the heart is opened to the heavenly influence
of truth and love, these principles will flow forth again like
streams in the desert, causing fruitfulness to appear where now are
barrenness and dearth. PK233,4

Dear Child,
        I watch you laboring and fretting and anxiously striving to achieve
things for me and my kingdom.  Hear me.  Your work is not my primary
concern.  Your work is now, has always been, and always will be
secondary to your relationship with me.
        What you do will flow out of your relationship with me as irrigation
streams flow out of a deep, clear, powerful river.  The river (the
relationship) will set your motives and supply your strength.  Then
your work will flow forth to honor me.  Any time you allow your work
to come ahead of your relationship with me, you risk working against
me and my purposes.
        Draw near to me and rest.  Seek my will at every small turn.  Listen
for my voice.  Be filled with my Spirit.  Then work with joy and
The Source of your power, God
[PostCards from Heaven by Claire Cloninger]