Water has been in the news every day lately: tsunami, flooding, droughts – either we have too much or too little.
With all of this attention water has been getting, it got me thinking about how important water is in our lives and especially to the life in our bodies.
Approximately 80% of the Earth is covered by water and around 2/3 of our bodies as well, and while a person can live about a month without food, he can live only about a week without water.
Water is in every single cell of our body, facilitating the breaking down and utilization of nutrients, the removal of wastes and the conduction of the electrical impulses inside our brain cells that become our every thought.
Being dehydrated within our bodies by as little as 2% can seriously degrade physical and mental functions, as water plays a role in virtually every bodily function. Water has been associated with digestive issues, circulation trouble, liver & kidney function, skin tone, weight loss, headaches, back pain, colds, brain function, and urinary tract infections to name a few.
In the Bible, the term “living water” is used in conjunction with Jesus, but also directly referencing the Holy Spirit living within us. (see John 7:38,39) The comparison of the Holy Spirit with water is no casual reference. Further study will show that water within our bodies serves virtually all of the same functions as the Spirit within our souls.
- Water is the “universal solvent” because of its ability to break down substances, allowing our bodies to utilize valuable nutrients: the Spirit within us breaks down the teaching in the scriptures, allowing us to understand and utilize valuable concepts. (1 Corinthians 2:13)
- Water enables us to rid our bodies of wastes and pollutants: through God and His Spirit we are forgiven of our junk (sins) and cleansed from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
- Water must be continually replaced: we need to pray and meditate on Scripture daily (Psalm 1:2)
- Dehydration will lead to death: spiritual dehydration (a sinful life lived without the Spirit) also leads to death. (Romans 8:6)
- Water is involved in the physical process of thinking: the Spirit is also aware and involved in our thinking. (Psalm 139:23)
- Water is in every cell of our body: the Spirit also needs to be in every part of our being. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
- Drinking liquids that are not pure water may seem thirst-quenching but can be detrimental to our health (ex. caffeine, alcohol actual cause our bodies to lose water): teachings that are not of the Spirit may seem true but actually lead us away from God. (1 John 4:1)
- Water suppresses the appetite naturally: the Spirit reduces our appetite for sin. (Galatians 5:16)
- Water is necessary for life: the Spirit brings life. (John 6:63)
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of the living God – living water – not only are our lives able to function the way that God designed, but that same living water will flow out of us and quench the spiritual dryness of others who thirst.