This week has been a crazy busy week. My stomach has been a little off which has made me feel tired. Plus my history class has been time-consuming.
The other busyness has been the Water Day party for our Wednesday night’s kids’ program. Next week, we will start our fall and winter program for the kids, so we ended our summer program with a water night. Since I was in charge of the summer program, and the water program was my idea, it was up to me to fill the water balloons. My oldest daughter was a huge help, but it was one more thing to do.
As I filled all the water balloons, I started thinking about what kind of devotional I could give to the kids in the middle of the water activities. So I started looking up information about water in the Bible. A very helpful site was Learn the Bible.
Here is most of my devotional I shared with the children. It only took about 5 minutes; but if you ever do activities with water and want to share some Scripture, maybe this would be helpful for you.
Here are some interesting facts about water in the Bible:
- There are 722 references to water in the Bible.
- The first mention of water in scripture is found in the second verse of the Bible, where it says, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2)
- The last mention is found in Revelation 22:17, only 5 verses from the end of the Bible.
I found it interesting that water is mentioned first thing in the Bible and the last thing in the Bible with 720 references to water between the opening and closing passages.
Water signifies many things in the Bible. Here are just a couple of them:
- In Genesis 1:20, we read of the first mention of life, and this life comes from water, “…Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life…”
- In John 3:5, Jesus says to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Here he was saying that not only can there be a physical birth, but there also must be a spiritual birth if one wants to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Jesus also tells the Samaritan woman in John 4:14:
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
- God wants us all to accept this gift. Only five verses from the end of the Bible, He makes one final invitation in Revelation 21:17: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Accept the invitation Christ extends, “Come to the Living Water!”
Christ’s eternal life is the only water that can truly satisfy our spiritual thirst.
Cleansing through God’s Word
- In Ephesians 5:26, we read, “That he (God) might sanctify and cleanse it (the church) with the washing of water by the word.” Ephesians was written to Christians, to those who were already saved and in the church, yet they needed cleansing. We all know we are sinners and for those who have asked Christ to be their Savior, we still continue to do wrong. To have a good relationship with our Savior, we need to ask for forgiveness when we sin – not so that He’ll save us. Once He saves us, we are always saved. But so that we can have a right relationship with Him. When we sin against our Heavenly Father, our relationship is damaged just like your relationship with your earthly father is damaged when you sin against him. You have to go and tell him you are sorry and make it right. Same with your Heavenly Father – we must get into His Word, see where we have sinned against Him, and confess it.
- In Psalm 119:9 we read, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” God’s Word will cleanse us by showing us where we have gone wrong and how to get it right.
Did you know that in Heaven there is water?
Revelation 22:1-2 says, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. . . ”
One day, all those who have accepted His invitation of eternal life will be with Him in heaven, where there will be no more pain and no more crying. If you haven’t accepted His gift of eternal water, don’t put it off! And if you have accepted it, let’s keep clean by the washing of His Word so that we are ready for His return!
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