Thirst. Imagine being so thirsty that you

Thirst. Have you ever experienced this feeling? Imagine being so thirsty that you are willing to drink dirty water. Water that could potentially contain bacteria, parasites and diseases such as cholera. You might not have ever experienced this, but 844 million people around the world experience water scarcity daily. Simply put, water scarcity is the lack of enough water or lack of access to safe water.

1 in 9 people lack access to safe water. More people own a mobile phone than a toilet. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water related disease. Water scarcity is happening all over the world. However, it is especially prevalent in developing countries, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, and Latin America. The water crisis affects everything: education, health, poverty, and particularly women and children. Water scarcity can lead to starvation of both people and animals. Without water, people do not have a way to water their crops, resulting in a severe food shortage.

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Women and children spend hours to gather water, as it is their duty. It is estimated that women and girls spend 6 hours every day collecting water from the nearest swamp, pond, or river. Time spent gathering water is time they can’t spend going to school, earning an income, or taking care of their family. The root of the issue can be many things, such as: overuse of water, pollution of water, distance, and drought.

Water may be overused by people, animals, or land. Water pollution is also a problem and can include oil, chemicals, or waste. Water scarcity can also be caused by an area’s distance to the nearest safe water source, for example deserts.

Droughts, either continuous or occasional, make it very difficult for the area to sustain life that is dwelling there. Water is essential; it has the power to move millions of people. Since the beginning of time, people have settled close to water. When there is too little of it or too much of it, people have moved. People fight for water and it is used everywhere and everyday. We need it for drinking, for cooking, for washing, for industry, for life. The average person can only live three days without drinking water.Yet, we take the blessing of water for granted.

For many of us, clean water is in abundant supply and is readily available. We never think twice about the possibility of living without it. Canada makes up 2% of the world’s population, but it is home to 10% of the world’s freshwater. Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but 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 live.” John 4:13-14Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”John 7:37Water is not only a substance that meets our physical needs, it also meets our spiritual needs. You may know the story of the women at the well.

Jesus introduced the spiritually dead woman to a type of life giving water: living water. The story begins with Jesus travelling through Samaria. Thirsty, he stops at a well and asks an unnamed woman for a drink. The woman is surprised, because in those days Jews did not interact with Samaritans. Jesus replied that if the woman knew who He was, she would ask Him for living water. The woman went on to point out Jesus had nothing to draw water with from the deep well and asked where to receive this living water. Jesus told her that anyone who drinks from the water He gives them will never be thirsty again.

The woman then asked for this living water Jesus described. She ran back to town and told everyone to come meet Jesus. That day many received Jesus into their lives. The living water Jesus gives is a gift; it cannot be earned. It is a free gift that He gives to needy sinners. Jesus said if we drink from the living water we will never thirst again.

When we accept Jesus we will be satisfied in Him because He has saved us from judgement, we are His children, and nothing can separate us from His love. Have you asked for the living water of eternal life? Come to Jesus and thirst no more. Heavenly Father, I pray for people who do not have the precious resource of water near their homes.

Please make clean water readily available to them and also fill them with the living water, that only you can give them. Amen.  


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