“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”
A person who receives good news feels like they’ve just been given cool water from a babbling brook. It’s natural for us to want to hear good news and when bad news comes, the heart grows heavy; even if it is for just a moment, as we process and relinquish it to the LORD. Life is not about how good things are or how little or great we must bear, but it is about how we respond to those days when “bad” news comes our way.
Often when I hear someone is praying for me, I feel the refreshment that only the LORD can give, in knowing that God has spoken to a heart to keep my name before the throne. Isn’t it a comfort to know that people are praying for our needs? It’s a joy to pray for others, so both parties are being blessed in the process.
As I think on this passage, I think of the glad tidings the angels brought to the world through Jesus’ birth. Truly, he was the water for our thirsty souls and his arrival was good news from a far country (see Luke 2:9-11). And again, let us think on the glad tidings of Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 13: 33).
Friends, we have the water of life in Christ Jesus (John 4: 9-12; John 7:36-40); are we offering it to those who are thirsty? Let us be people who bring good news to the world, so that they too, will no longer thirst!
Prayer: Father, you have said that whosoever drinks of the water that Jesus gives will never thirst again; in fact, we will be as a well of water springing up into everlasting life. LORD, help us to share your living water with those around us; keep us ever aware of the thirsty souls and teach us how to offer your good news to their parched souls. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©