MARCH 14

Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 25
     Proverbs 1
     John 4
     II Corinthians 13
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14)
 
RIVERS, WELLS, AND FOUNTAINS
            After Jesus led sincere and religious Nicodemus to a new birth, he now deals with a completely different situation and person. This time it is a sinful and thirsty woman. It was miraculous that a Jewish man of religious significance would even have a conversation with a sinful Samaritan woman off the streets of Sychar. This was an amazing phenomenon to our Lord's Disciples.
            Here she was, a woman who obviously had given herself sexually to many different men. She had already had five husbands and was now living with a man who was not her husband. No doubt this was not the first time, nor had she planned for it to be the last, but she found herself empty, with little hope for anything better in her life. She had come to this lonely well at a time of the day when no one else would be there. She had most likely been rejected by her peers. She had come for the simple purpose to fill her water pots  and return to her home.  Little did she know that there was a divine appointment for her that day and that she would meet God in the flesh. Little did she realize that she would find a different kind of water and that she herself would be the container to receive it.
            How many in your walk of life are like this Samaritan woman? How many will you meet today who are in desperate need for someone to offer them a drink that would leave them never to be thirsty again? Jesus gave this woman the water of life, and it immediately became a river and a fountain flowing out to others. A river reaches places that its source never knows. The water our Lord Jesus places in you can quench the thirst of people in desperate circumstances today.
            A river victoriously and persistently overcomes all barriers. For awhile, it goes steadily on its course, but then it comes to an obstacle; for a while it is blocked, but soon it makes a path around the obstacle. A river will often drop out of sight for miles only later to emerge again broader and greater than ever. Has an obstacle come in your way? Then keep paying attention to the Source, and God will take you around the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty.
            Think of the healing and far-reaching rivers developing and nourishing themselves in our souls. The Lord Jesus Himself will flow through you. You will discover that God has developed and nourished in you mighty rushing rivers of blessing for others. Jesus told this woman that she would have a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. This is not a picture of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. You simply must stay focused on the Source who is Jesus, and out of you ''will flow rivers of living water."
            Some people are like the Dead Sea, always receiving but never giving. Their is no life in this Sea. They have nothing to offer the thirsty souls of humanity. Others are like the Sea of Galilee, always giving, full of life and therefore satisfying the thirst of those in their walk of life.
            Is it excessive to say that rivers will flow out of one individual believer? Do you look at yourself and say, ''I don't see any rivers?'' Just as Jesus brought the water of life to this thirsty woman, you can share that same water with the thirsty that are in your walk of life today. Consider those whose lives have touched thousands and realize that God wants to use you as a fountain of this blessing.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            We are praying today for the Djibouti in Africa. As in all of Africa, the economic needs are great. The lack of water, industry, and natural resources make the country's viability dependent on French aid and the large military base. Half the GNP is derived from the French presence. The port of inland-locked Ethiopia is its only major economic asset. It has unemployment over 50%, and public debt of 52%. The annual income per person is $790. Pray for the use of the Jesus film in this tribal area of Africa. It has been responded to well and is the only hope in many of the Christian organizations there. The needs here are great, but our God is even greater. Pray for the Djibouti.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Too many believers have ignored God's call to be flowing fountains and rivers of living water, they have instead become stagnant pools and stinking sponges."   Ron Herrod