A reliable stream
January 7, 2013
by Pastor Steve Thorson, Crossroads Community Church, Cokato

In late fall, my wife, Toni, and I took a walk along the south end of town. I’m always looking for alternate routes for our hikes so, this time, I thought we’d cut across a field over to Wright County Road 31.

Toni wisely said “There’s a creek in the way,” but I assumed, because it had been so dry, that the creek would be almost dry, too. I was wrong, and we needed to double back. I guess Sucker Creek runs pretty well all the time. Maybe that’s why the Mooers family came to live in this area almost 150 years ago.

There’s a stream that runs in the biblical “city of God,” too. It runs underground, actually, through a tunnel that was chiseled through solid rock about 2,700 years ago. It brings water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. It was that reliable water source that allowed that city to survive through times of drought and warfare. It is the physical water source that is referred to in Psalm 46:4 – “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.”

What’s the source of your spiritual life? Is it reliable and strong, or does it come and go?

How is the spiritual “fruit” of your life doing these days? Are you regularly and consistently filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control?

If there is any lack, it’s time to stop running and striving. It’s time to stop scurrying around. It’s time to stop and drink of the spiritual water of life, the spiritual water given by our Lord Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said, in John 4:13-14, referring to the natural water of this earth, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

And, in John 7:37-39, Jesus said: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Where can you find that spiritual water? Where do I go when I feel dry? Here’s a suggestion: Look for those who are filled with the Holy Spirit, people who are, more often than not, filled with love, joy, peace, patience (and the rest of the “fruit” listed in Galatians 5:22-23).

Then ask those men and women, “Where do you get your spiritual strength?” “Where is your source?” Chances are they would be good ones to ask to pray with you, so that you can come to Jesus and drink of His Word, receiving new life and new love once again.