I have a bedtime routine that at times drives my wife, Jamie, nuts. No matter what time I go to bed, I must have a tall glass of ice water on my bed stand. I often wake up once or twice during the middle of the night feeling completely parched and if I don’t take a drink of water, I cannot go back to sleep. Knowing this, I have to get my ice-to-water ratio just right, otherwise the water will be warm when I go to reach for it (which is just plain nasty). Most of the time my wife and I go to bed at the same time, so this usually isn’t an issue for her. However when I go to bed later than Jamie, no matter how quiet I try to be with the ice bucket, it always wakes her up. And if there’s something we know in the Velarde house, it’s that we do not mess with momma’s sleep! But I can’t help it, I’ve got to have my water.
It is amazing how God designed our bodies to need water, and how satisfying it is when we get what we need! That statement is true not only of water, but also of our desperate need for God.
In John chapter four, the Bible records a conversation between Jesus and “the woman at the well.” If you have ever studied this passage then you know this was very controversial for a couple reasons: 1) she was a Samaritan and Jews did not associate with Samaritans because they were considered “half-breeds”, and 2) because she was a “she.” A Jewish rabbi would never be found speaking to a woman alone, especially one of her stature. It was customary for women draw water at the end of the day rather than drawing during the mid-day heat. The fact that Jesus met her mid-day at the well insinuates that she was not a woman of high standings within her community. This is later confirmed as Jesus addresses the number of men with whom she had sex.
However Jesus didn’t let a little controversy deter Him from His mission, which is why “He had to pass through Samaria” (John 4:4). Jesus’ mission was to bring worshipers to the Father (John 4:23), which is exactly what He was doing.
During their dialogue regarding the well from which she was drawing water, Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
Jesus then goes on to discuss the nature and direction of worship: “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23)
So, what is the correlation between “water” and “worship?” The answer is “thirst.”
"It is not possible to worship, love and serve everything except God during the week and then come to Him on Sundays and sing to Him as if you were deeply connected to Him throughout the week."
Do you thirst for God? Do you feel thirsty? The reason why we are not experiencing satisfaction from the “spring of water welling up to eternal life” is because we are not drinking from that water source! We are like the people spoken of in Jeremiah 2:13, “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
We are spiritually dehydrated and it is no wonder why we we feel nothing at Worship Gatherings! It is not possible to worship, love and serve everything except God during the week and then come to Him on Sundays and sing to Him as if you were deeply connected to Him throughout the week. That is hypocrisy.
C.S. Lewis put it this way:
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not to strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
So what do you do if you don’t feel like participating at Worship Gatherings?
Memorize Psalm 63:1-11.
Seek Him before coming to worship Him.
Do whatever it takes to love God with all of your heart, mind and strength because He first loved us (1 John 4:19) and then I guarantee Jesus’ promise of never thirsting again will come true for you. Don’t get discouraged when you do find yourself “dehydrated” because Jesus said, “The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The more we drink from Him, the stronger the “Spring of Water” becomes.10mg fluoxetine for anxietyfluoxetine generic prozac prozac 40 mg dailyfluoxetine online kaufen fluoxetine 30 mg capsulesfluoxetine recall fluoxetine hcl caps