Finding the Fountain of Life
FINDING THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE
By Hannah Nesher
“ For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:9)
Jewish children playing in a fountain in the Negev, Israel
Where do we find life? We are all searching for it. Some look to money, sports cars, houses; others to power & achievements; still others to relationships to find the life we so desperately need. Not just physical life, vitality and energy (although these are also important); but life for our soul and our spirit! Eternal life!
There was a woman in the Bible who seemed to be seeking for life in relationships. Yeshua met this Samaritan woman at a well where she was drawing water and asked her for a drink.
Yeshua rightly discerned that she had already had five husbands and was currently living with a man, not her husband. He knew her thirst for life and love could not be quenched by finding the right relationship; but only in the Spirit of the living God.
I can relate to this woman at the well. I may not have had five husbands; but that’s just because I didn’t marry every man with whom I had been in a close relationship. Before I came to faith, I kept searching for the right relationship that would fulfill me; but they always left me feeling disappointed. I was looking for love in all the wrong places, until I met the Prince of Peace, Yeshua the Messiah.
Yeshua promised this woman a ‘fountain of living waters’ that would always satisfy her thirst. This is His promise to each one of us:
Yeshua answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)
At the time of this writing, I am living in the Israeli desert - in the Negev. Thankfully I live in a beautiful oasis filled with life and color: flowers, green trees and birds of every kind singing their songs into the night. This is a prophetic word fulfilled before our very eyes:
For the Lord will comfort Zion,
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:3)
An Oasis in the Desert
But how has this miracle come about? The desert blooming and blossoming? Only through the innovation of modern irrigation methods. In other words, it took water - and lots of it!
But all around this small oasis is a barren, wilderness wasteland. I can walk a few steps from my door and encounter camels grazing in the desert and Bedouins watching their flocks of sheep & goats.
Sometimes, we come to a place in our life where we are living in a spiritual desert or wilderness where we feel dry and lifeless, as the Psalmist, David, wrote in the wilderness of Judah:
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)
The desert can be a scary place - full of spiders and scorpions - tests and trials. God said he led us through the wilderness to test us, to humble us; to see what is in our heart. Nothing like a wilderness experience to show us what is truly hidden in our hearts.
"And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not." (Deuteronomy 8:2)
But Yeshua invites us to come to Him when we are thirsty and drink from the fountain of living waters that He gives; and by this He means the Spirit.
On the last day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles); at the time when the cohanim (priests) were performing the water libation ceremony at the Temple (simchat beit hasho’eva), Yeshua stood up and called out in a loud voice this invitation:
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; (John 7:37 - 39)