From leaks in our showers, drains, sinks, toilets, a window well, a dishwasher, and just about every other source in our house, we are no strangers to water problems. But the issue has usually been about containing the water. As of this morning, however, our townhome complex has been without water for a full day. It’s one thing to have leaks here and there, but it is a whole different world when there is no water at all. You can’t wash your hands. You can’t shave or wash your face. You can’t really use the toilets (except for one flush). Taking a shower? Forget it. The dirty dishes pile up and laundry remains unwashed. A person quickly realizes what a luxury running water really is.
In our spiritual lives the problem is never that the water isn’t available for us. We know from Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman that when we follow and obey His word, we will have a never-ending “well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:1-15). Nevertheless, there are still times when we have water “leaks” and “shortages.” The water leaks are those times when we let worldly things get in the way of our spiritual lives. This is when sports, hobbies, jobs, and a number of other aspects get in the way of our spiritual nourishment. The water shortages are those times when we are deeply struggling with sin and walking in darkness (1 John 1:5-9). At these times, a person no longer has access to God’s “spring of eternal life.” We begin living a life away from the water source and begin dying of thirst. It’s not that the water isn’t available, it’s that we are no longer quenching our spiritual thirst.
A familiar Scripture says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). This is a divine promise. See, the problem is never that the water isn’t accessible. The problem is that we create our own spiritual water leaks and shortages. It definitely is a pain dealing with so many water issues over the last few years, but the last thing we want are spiritual water problems. Are there any leaks or shortages in your life?