John 7:37-39 - Are You Thirsty?

John 7:37-39 (NLT) On the last day, the 
climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to 
the crowds, Anyone who is thirsty may come to 
me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and 
drink! For the Scriptures declare, Rivers of 
living water will flow from his heart. 39 
(When he said living water, he was speaking 
of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone 
believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been 
given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his 


   As a new beekeeper, I had to provide a 
safe water source for the bees. Before I took on 
this duty I thought, No problem. There's a lake 
just down the lane. Turns out it was more 
complicated. Bees can't drink from just any body of 
water. Top-heavy, they flip over and drown in deep 
water. Without a safe source, they'll go elsewhere 
- your neighbor's dog bowl or puddles. 
Thirsty, wandering bees wouldn't endear themselves to 
my neighbors. 
   First, I tried a birdbath. The bees 
checked it out, but rain overfilled it. I drowned 
some bees before my dog broke the birdbath. I 
tried dripping water onto a board under a spigot, 
but couldn't maintain the low flow. I finally 
found an automatic dog water bowl and filled it 
with rocks. The water level remains constant and 
the bees cling to the rock "islands" while they 
   Water is life's most urgent need. My bees 
routinely risked everything for it. Jesus craved it 
during dusty ministry days and on the Cross when He 
cried, "I thirst!" 
   Thirst can be a gift, making us seek out 
what we need. Jesus's invitation at the festival 
was prophesied by Isaiah, "Is anyone thirsty? 
Come and drink - even if you have no money!  
It's all free  Come to me with your ears wide 
open. Listen, and you will find life" (Isaiah 
55:1-3, NLT). 
   Jesus knows how to meet our needs. He 
said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for 
righteousness, for they will be filled" (Matthew 5:6, NIV). 
He's our safe supply. by Suzanne Davenport 
   Faith Step: Remember a time when you were 
thirsty. Offer a prayer of thanks each time you drink 
today. [Mornings With Jesus 2018 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Water for Your Soul
   Where do you find water for the soul? 
Jesus gave an answer one October day in Jerusalem. 
People had packed the streets for the annual 
reenactment of the rock-giving-water miracle of Moses. 
Each morning a priest filled a golden pitcher 
with water from the Gihon spring and carried it 
down a people-lined path to the temple. He did 
this every day, once a day, for seven days. 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 
   He stood and shouted (NLT). The 
traditional rabbinic teaching posture was sitting and 
speaking. But Jesus stood up and shouted out. Forget a 
kind clearing of the throat. God was pounding his 
gavel on heavens bench. Christ demanded 
   He shouted because his time was short. 
The sand in the neck of his hourglass was down 
to measurable grains. In six months he'd be 
dragging a cross through these streets. And the 
people? The people thirsted. They needed water, not 
for their throats, but for their hearts. So 
Jesus invited: Are your insides starting to 
shrivel? Drink me. 
   Internalize him. Ingest him. Welcome him 
into the inner workings of your life. Let Christ 
be the water of your soul. 
   Toward this end, I give you this tool: a 
prayer for the thirsty heart. Carry it just as a 
cyclist carries a water bottle. The prayer outlines 
four essential fluids for soul hydration: Gods 
work, Gods energy, his lordship, and his love. 
Youll find the prayer easy to remember. Just think 
of the word W-E-L-L. 
   Lord, I come thirsty. I come to drink, to 
receive. I receive your work on the cross and in your 
resurrection. My sins are pardoned, and my death is 
defeated. I receive your energy. Empowered by your 
Holy Spirit, I can do all things through Christ, 
who gives me strength. I receive your lordship. 
I belong to you. Nothing comes to me that 
hasnt passed through you. And I receive your love. 
Nothing can separate me from your love. 
   Dont you need regular sips from 
Gods reservoir? I do. Ive offered this prayer 
in countless situations: stressful meetings, 
dull days, long drives, demanding trips, 
character-testing decisions. Many times a day I step to the 
underground spring of God and receive anew his work for 
my sin and death, the energy of his Spirit, his 
lordship, and his love. 
   Drink with me from his bottomless well. 
You dont have to live with a dehydrated 
Receive Christs 
   	work on the cross,
   	the energy of his Spirit,
   	his lordship over your life,
   	his unending, unfailing love.
   Drink deeply and often. And out of you 
will flow rivers of living water. [Max Lucado 
Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


   Be still, and know that I am God. Most 
Christians are familiar with this command, but not so 
many take it seriously. Yet for those who do, 
blessings flow like streams of living water. As these 
believers sit in stillness - focusing on Me and My 
Word - their perception of Me expands and their 
troubles shrink in importance.  
   I want you to share in these blessings, 
beloved. Take time, take time with Me. While you rest 
in My Presence, I untangle your thoughts and 
help you view things more biblically. Remember: 
My Word is a lamp to guide your feet and a 
light for your path. Biblical thinking illuminates 
the path before you so you can find your way.  
   It's crucial to know not only that I am 
God but that I made you and you are Mine. You 
are a sheep of My pasture. Sheep have very 
limited understanding of what their shepherd is 
doing for them, but they follow him anyway. 
Similarly, as My "sheep," your job is to trust Me and 
follow wherever I lead. (Psa. 46:10; Joh. 7:38; 
Psa. 119:105; 100:3) [Jesus Always by Sarah 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred