Water from the Well

Joshua Schied

READ : John 4:1-15 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Isa. 12:3) One of the greatest experiences of my life was traveling to Israel. Walking in the land of the Bible, Scripture came to life. But the real joy of that experience was not in the sights, sounds, or smells of the Holy Land, but in the relationships that formed with my traveling partners. We shared the hurt and happiness of our lives with one …

Filled with the Living Water

Joshua Schied

READ : John 7:37-39 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (v. 38) One of my favorite demonstrations to use for teaching children involves a candle and two balloons. One balloon is filled with air, the other with water. As I hold the air-filled balloon over the candle flame and begin to lower it, most children usually cover their ears, anticipating the loud pop as the balloon explodes. …

Step into the Waters

Joshua Schied

READ : Matthew 14:22-33 Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water. (v. 29) Peter exhibited great faith when he stepped out of the boat and onto the water. But then the circumstances, the wind and the waves, took his attention away from Jesus. What began with a bold and impassioned step required a level of focus and attention that Peter wasn’t accustomed to. Standing in the waves, Peter realized that the water on which he stood …

Toxic Water

Joshua Schied

READ : Psalm 124 The flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us. (v. 4) In Scripture, water isn’t always a cleansing, life-giving substance. Often it represents danger and death. God destroyed the earth in the flood (Gen. 6:17). After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry ground, the waters rushed in, drowning the pursuing Egyptians (Exod. 14:23-28). In today’s psalm, dangerous water rages and floods, threatening to sweep the people away. Even the …

Spring of Living Water

Joshua Schied

READ : Jeremiah 2:4-13 For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out . . . broken cisterns that can hold no water. (v. 13) The most hurtful conversation I have ever had was with a person from a church where I once worked. She said that my spiritual life was weak, that I was mistaken in where God was leading an upcoming sermon, and that I had no business …

Water: Fresh or Salt?

Joshua Schied

READ : James 3:10-18 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? (v. 11) Have you ever tried to fill your cup with fountain soda at a restaurant only to find out that the syrup is gone and your cup is filling with carbonated water instead? The sweet taste of soda is hijacked by the salty taste of stale fizz. For me, that moment is less than satisfying. I seldom drink soda, but when …