• P. Frank

Living Water

“But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.’” (Isaiah 43:1–2).

Water is a rather simple molecule, but yet is one of the most destructive, useful, and unique substances God created. The molecular structure of water is just two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Oxygen is “missing” two electrons in its outer shell and each hydrogen atom can “donate” an electron to complete oxygen’s shell. When electrons are shared like this, it is called a covalent bond. This type of bond is the strongest chemical bond that can occur between atoms. That means that it takes quite a bit of energy to break the covalent bond to separate the hydrogen atoms from the oxygen atom, making water extremely stable. Water molecules also form hydrogen bonds with other water molecules, which gives water many unique characteristics. For example, to freeze or boil water takes a lot of energy, so these processes happen slowly. This is a very good thing, because water acts as a buffer against extreme temperature swings in our atmosphere, lakes, and oceans.

Water can be solid (ice), liquid (water), or vapor (steam). Water can be extremely destructive in each of these states. On April 25, 1838, near Cincinnati, Ohio, the passenger steamboat “Moselle” exploded when all four boilers simultaneously suffered catastrophic failure due to excessively high steam pressures. The ship was destroyed and 160 of the 290 passengers were killed. On April 15, 1912, the famous ship “RMS Titanic” sank after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when that “unsinkable ship” hit mere ice. On May 31, 1889, the South Fork Dam, located upstream from the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, experienced catastrophic failure due to extremely heavy rainfall and poor dam construction. A single gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. When the dam failed, it released an estimated 14.55 million cubic meters of water – well over 3.8 billion gallons, which weighed over 16 million tons! The force of that flood water caused about $490 million of damage (in today’s money) and killed 2,209 of the nearly 30,000 residents. However, the biggest tragedy that has and will ever befall man involving water was The Flood (read Genesis 6–8). God destroyed every living thing on Earth, except Noah and his family and two of every creature, because man had become excessively evil. He then promised Noah (and us) that He would never flood the earth like that again.

Despite the destructive power of water, life cannot exist without it. About 97% of water on Earth is found in the oceans. That means only about 3% of water on Earth is suitable for the plants and animals that are not adapted to saltwater. In times of severe drought, we become very aware of this relatively limited substance. But eventually, we receive the blessing of rain from God. More importantly than earthly water, Jesus is the LIVING WATER, the water that gives us eternal life. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well about His water. “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).

The RMS Titanic didn’t sink because of the water around it. Instead, it sunk because of the water that got inside after the iceberg sliced open the hull. When evil floods over you and tries to drown you, put your trust in Jesus! Don’t let the evil around you get inside and weigh down your heart and soul. Instead, let Jesus’ living water fill you. The devil cannot overcome you when you have Jesus at the center of your life!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7–8).