Daily Devotion - March 3, 2021 - The Oasis

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – March 3, 2021
Reading: John 7:37-44
Weekly Theme: Thirsting for God
Today: The Oasis

In January 2018, a friend of mine and I went to El Paso, Texas to visit friends of ours following the death of their young adult son, who was killed in an automobile accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our actual visit with them was only one day, and on that one day, the dad and I travelled from El Paso, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico and back to pick up his son’s personal effects from the police department. We drove four hours through mostly desert area, picked up the backpack containing his son’s items, and drove right back. It was a very surreal experience for me as we saw no water at all in that drive and it was a quiet ride as my friend was still in deep grief from the loss of his son and would occasionally bring up something pertaining to his son’s death and then return to silence. I had no words of comfort to offer… he was not ready for words which would have seemed empty and void. The whole time I was concerned about him and what was going through his mind as we drove through this dry, seemingly lifeless terrain, with no greenery and no apparent signs of life.  As we drove through this arid and dry place at a time I remember thinking that he must have felt so parched and dried up spiritually. He was in need of a spiritual oasis at this most difficult time in his life.

Today’s passage takes place in the last and most important part of the Festival of the Booths. God wanted the Israelites during this festival to experience what their ancestors had been through during their time in the wilderness. Just prior to this passage in verses 30-36, it is obvious that the Jews attending the feast were plotting to seize Jesus and prevent him from continuing with his ministry. Amidst this time of spiritual dryness, Jesus must have felt their rejection of him yet invites anyone who is thirsty to come to him and drink. He promises streams of living water to flow through anyone who places their faith and trust in him. This was to promise them, and us today, that he would leave us with the Spirit, that would flow within us, just like a spiritual oasis, constantly quenching or even preventing our spiritual thirst.

My friends who lost their son over two years ago continue to mourn for him yet gradually are healing through their church community and other grief counseling services they have sought. They both fully understand that there is only one true oasis, Jesus, who can quench their spiritual thirst during the spiritual desert of grief, sorrow, confusion, and weariness they have experienced and will continue to experience at times. But they are thankful that Jesus is there to quench their thirst. When you feel yourself spiritually parched, regardless of the reason, always turn to Jesus who promises to be our source of streams of living water.

Dear God, thank you for your Son Jesus, who is our source of streams of living water to quench our parched souls when we find ourselves in what seems like a spiritual desert. Help us to know your desire is to give us living water and have given us the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord, in who name we pray. Amen.

 
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