Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
– John 4:10
This week, I went kayaking at Occoneechee State Park and while I will say that I would never drink the water in that lake, I began to think about how we live our lives in living water.
When kayaking, you need to row deep into the water if you want to go anywhere. Surface rowing may get you going somewhere but if you want to actually move with a purpose, you need to row deep into the water. This is especially true when waves come because shallow rowing in a wave well allow the waves to control your boat.
Many Christians have a surface faith with God. You might go to church every week but if you miss a couple Sundays, you’ll be okay and reading your Bible and praying just really isn’t your thing. These Christians say their amens on Sunday morning, pray over their meals, and say God bless you when someone sneezes and that is the extent to their relationship with God. While you may believe that your relationship with God is going somewhere, it’s not moving with a purpose.
Like kayaking, a growing relationship with God requires you to row deeper. When you strive to grow your relationship with God you dig deep into your Bible and you make sure to keep a strong prayer life. The problem with rowing deep is that it’s hard and it requires a lot of work. However, when the waves come and you dig your spiritual oars deep into living water, your boat is not controlled by the waves. So row deep but don’t expect it to be easy.
It All Goes Through the Water
An observation I made while kayaking was that whether I had still waters or waves, I was still in the same water. It was amazing to see that no matter what happened, it all had to move through the water. If a fish wanted to flop itself into my boat, it had to go through the water first.
Last week, I talked about faith and how we have to balance our lives with a lack of complacency, as we know God can do greater things in our lives, and a state of content, as we stay thankful for what we have been given. (If you would like to read that post you can find it here.) This week I want to add to my ideas about faith to say that we must have faith in the water.
Faith in the water means that we know that whether we have calm waters or experiences a fury of waves, it had to go through the water. Practically, this means that your situation, whether good or bad, had to go through God before it got to you. Jesus told his disciples that they should take heart because He had overcome the world. If the world has been overcome with Jesus, we should take heart in knowing that we’re going to make it through the waves that come our way.
This week, I would encourage you to have faith in the water and to row deeper into your relationship with God. Sometimes, when the waves come, we lose faith and stop rowing. When waves come, it’s time to row deeper than you ever have before and grow your faith more than ever. In the end, we should be encouraged in the midst of the waves we experience in our lives because the same God who sent me calm waters, sent me the waves and without a deeper faith in him, my boat is going out of control.