Water is powerful. I know this well. I am married to the Culligan man! He says I know more about water from listening to him talk than some of the guys he works with. Ha! Water is common in our day to day life-- for drinking, washing, cooking, etc. But we need not underestimate the power of water. It carved the Grand Canyon afterall!
We have seen the power of water recently in the devastation from several hurricanes this season. Locally, we had terrible flooding in July. Water is powerful. This power can be destructive, but it can also be life-giving. We can not live without water. Our bodies, our earth are designed to need water. Water refreshes us and gives us life.
God uses water as a powerful symbol to us.
Water as Washing
The word of God is often referred to as water in the Bible because the Word acts as a cleansing agent which explains what Paul meant when he wrote concerning Jesus’ cleansing the church “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:26-27). Ezekiel writes about where God says “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you” (Ezk 36:25) while the author of Hebrews writes “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb 10:22).
Water as Eternal Life
Isaiah says “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3) while Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well “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) because “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14). In this chapter Jesus refers to water as the “living water” and it springs up to eternal life and He is the source of this living water that we can draw “water from the wells of salvation” from. In Revelation 21:6 Jesus says “To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment” and “the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Rev 22:1) giving further indication that Jesus is this source of living water, even in the New Jerusalem.
Water was powerful to me a few Sundays ago.
I was baptized in the lake in our neighborhood a few weeks ago! It was a holy evening. A few dear friends gathered. We prayed, worshiped, and shared communion. I declared my belief in our good, good God and His work on the cross for me. He is my life, my hope, my anchor, my confidence. Then, as the kids dangled their legs in the water off the dock, and my family stood beside me, my pastor, Dave, and my friend and mentor, Amy, led my under the water and back up again. Wow. In the waters of baptism God has provided a powerful symbol of who we are when we are in Christ. Water is powerful.
My prayer for each of us is to seek after God as our Water.
Oh God, You are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you!
My whole being longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
~ Psalm 63:1