BACK TO THE SPRING

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 4:13-14

While reading a book of recent by Dr. Vance Havner, my mind went back more than fifty years. We had just begun dating and I was visiting Patsy’s home, close to Chester, Pennsylvania.

We went to the Chester Park and made our way along the footpath to a spring that fed the creek. At the spring, we drank some of the purest water ever. It was a delightful experience that has rested in my mind these many years.

Several times over the years, I have passed close to the spring but have never visited it. I was told that when the “hippies” took over the area in the 60’s, they created problems for the spring; on top of that came the “druggies”. Most people no longer visit the area for fear of being harmed. The spring is there, but few are those that visit or linger near it.

Enough is said in Scripture concerning springs to warrant attention. It is significant, inasmuch as the setting of Scripture is basically that of desert. Springs were important to survival. They commanded the attention ascribed to them. God made multiplied promises to Israel in Isaiah 58, among them we find: “And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11) “Like a spring of water” is deeply meaningful; especially to the parched lips and throat of a desert dweller.

Perhaps a verse, like that where David said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate!” (2 Samuel 23:15), would impart to us the value that people placed upon water. When Jesus spoke to the woman at the well, He said: “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13, 14) This was one of the most marvelous truths she had ever heard. Her forthright request: “Sir, give me this water…” was probably the attitude of the multitude.

All too frequently, the child of God has allowed others to impede his frequent visits to the “spring” of life Himself. He has passed close but has not enjoyed the pleasures he once knew. He is putting up with chlorinated, fluoridated, carbonated, or imitated water. He is in need of returning to the Living Spring! He will put a little spring in his holy walk.

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