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John 7:37–38 (ESV): "37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"
Every human heart is subject to spiritual thirst. The well that we drink from determines whether we will be satisfied or not. Jesus is the only well that can provide water that can satisfy a thirsty soul. His water will become rivers of living water within the heart of a person who drinks of Him.
The Feast of Booths was a feast meant to remind the Jews about the deliverance they received from Egypt. Every day during this feast the priests were to go to the pool of Siloam to draw water to be poured out with wine upon the altar to ask for rain. The last day they would pour this water out was called "Hoshana Raba", which means "great salvation." It was on Hoshana Raba perhaps during the ritual that Jesus cried out, "if anyone thirsts let Him come to Me." He was pointing people to Himself for salvation and declaring our absolute need for the Spirit of God to fill our hearts.
Jesus promised that anyone who would come to Him with an attitude of dependence upon Him for salvation would be filled with "living water." Are you experiencing the consistent flow of the Spirit today? It will be rivers Jesus said, meaning large amounts of flowing water. If you aren't sensing the rivers of the Spirit today perhaps it's because you are not making yourself dependent upon Jesus. Come to Him in the attitude of Hoshana Raba depending solely on Him to provide the only water that can satisfy our souls. It's an invitation, so come even now!
Father, we are responding to the invitation to come this morning. Fill us overflowing with the Spirit and help us to never lose our dependency upon You we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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