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March 2, 2015


 

The Water of Life

Symbol: a spring of water

Memory Verse: "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." Revelation 22:17 (NIV)

Songs to Sing:
"Deep and Wide"
"The Joy of the Lord Is My Strength"
"Fill My Cup, Lord"
"I've Got a River of Life"

The Water of Life
(CHILDREN)

Scripture: Exodus 15:22-27; John 4:6-14; Revelation 22:17

Devotion: The children of Israel were so hot and thirsty! For three days, they had been walking in the desert without any water to drink. There was nothing in sight except sand, rocks, and some scraggly bushes. They began to wonder why God wasn't taking care of them like He had promised. But suddenly, they saw water! Running as fast as they could, they knelt down and took huge gulps. Quickly, they spit it out. The water was bitter and tasted awful! God knew they were thirsty. All He wanted was for them to pray to Him. Instead, they became afraid and cried to Moses, their leader. Moses knew what God wanted, so he began to talk to God. Beside the bitter water was a tree, and God told Moses to throw it in the water. When he obeyed, the water became sweet, and the people were able to drink. God had given them water for life. It was free, and all they had to do was come and drink. There were other times God's people needed water, but always there was enough, for God took care of them in everything.


There was a time when Jesus was tired and thirsty from walking. He sat down by a well and asked a woman who had come to draw water for a drink. He told her He could give her living water with which she would never be thirsty again. She thought He meant water to drink, but He was talking about the gift of eternal life. This gift comes from believing and trusting in Jesus.

Remember the tree Moses threw into the bitter water to make it sweet? There was another tree, a tree that was made into a cross. Jesus was hung on that tree and died for us. By dying for us, He gave us life and made everything sweet. When we come and give our lives to Him, joy will bubble up inside us, just like a spring of living water.

Questions:
Were the people thirsty?
Who gave them water?
How can we get the living water?

Prayer: Dear Lord, we want your living water. Give us Your joy inside, like a fountain bubbling over. Amen.


The Water of Life

(ADULTS)

Scriptures: Exodus 15:22-27; Jeremiah 2:13; Matthew 5:6; John 4:5-15, 7:37, 38; Revelation 22:17

Devotion: Water is found in many places in the desert. However, much of it is undrinkable, and so were the bitter waters of Marah encountered by the Israelites on their wilderness journey. The maximum time the human body can go without water in the desert is three days, and in this desperate situation, God's people seemed destined to die. Yet, in what seems a hopeless situation, God always provides. Directing Moses to a tree, God told him to throw the wood into the water. By doing this, the water became sweet, and the people could drink.


Surely God knew about the water, but why would He lead them there to drink of such bitterness? It makes no sense unless it is part of a higher plan. God wanted to test their commitment to Him, and by obeying Him, God would heal them. The children of Israel, however, could not see that a few more steps of faith would lead them to a place called Elim where there were twelve fresh springs to drink from. Instead of praying, they grumbled and missed God's healing purpose for their lives.


We live in a world desperately thirsty for living water, and many are dying of thirst. Needing love and acceptance, we deeply long for something to satisfy our inner cravings. We busily dig wells to try to earn salvation and thirst after the surface waters of materialism, greed, and self-gratification. No matter how much God provides for us, we are never satisfied. We fail to see the spring of living water, God's grace, flowing freely for anyone who will come and drink.


How can we obtain this living water? We need to realize that our thirst is a reflection of our own spiritual dryness which can only be quenched by thirsting after righteousness. We must allow God to break our willful spirits, so that His Spirit may enter our lives. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus confessed that He did not want to drink the bitter cup, yet He surrendered to God's will. Because of His sacrificial obedience on the cross, the living water is available to anyone who stoops to drink. We must trust God to decide the time, place, and manner of testing that is best for us. Finally, we must remember that for every Marah, there is an Elim just beyond. After the crucifixion came the glorious resurrection. From this assurance of eternal life, living water will flow.

Prayer: Water of Life, we have tried the wells of the world, without satisfaction. We know only You can quench our thirsty souls. We come to drink of Your free gift and ask You to create an ever-flowing spring within us, renewing us each day to seek Your will in our lives. Amen.


 

Excerpted from:

The Lenten Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for Christ's Death and His ResurrectionThe Lenten Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for Christ's Death and His Resurrection
Dean Lambert Smith
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In this book, author Dean Smith, has compiled eighty-two devotions for both children and adults that will enable individuals and families to travel on a meaningful journey through Lent, the season before Easter. The Lenten Tree begins on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, and ends on Easter day.
     

Reprinted from The Lenten Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults by Dean Lambert Smith. Copyright 2001. Used by permission from Abingdon Press.


 

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