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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)

Negev Fountain

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