Camp by the Living Water

Steven Laman

READ : Luke 10:38-42

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38 NIV)

When I was younger, my family enjoyed camping. As we were deciding where to go, we tried to look for a campground near a lake or a river. Camping near a body of water was great because sometimes the campsite would become unbearable from the hot afternoon sun. During those hours, you would find us near or in the cool water.

As Jesus walked the Palestinian countryside, people constantly camped near him. Once more than 5,000 people followed him to the wilderness just to listen. Or think of Mary parking herself at Jesus’ feet, drinking in every word. These people knew that Jesus was the life-giving water they desperately needed.

We need to keep ourselves “hydrated” with the Savior through personal devotions and times of corporate worship. When we do, our thirsty souls not only get quenched, but his living water also flows out of our lives. Take some time today (and every day) to camp by the Living Water. You’ll find yourself refreshed—and more refreshing to those around you.


Lord, give us a desire to drink deeply of you.