The Lord has recently been showing me a vision of hands trying to hold water. The water simply does not stay put, running between the fingers instead and therefore leaving the drinker still thirsty.
As you know, creating a water cup out of our hands isn’t the most effective way to take a drink. When we are thirsty, a solid cup is needed to hold the water long enough for us to drink our fill. This is not to say creating a cup out of our hands won’t be helpful when a cup is not available, but trusting the Lord to provide the cup is always a better option.
I hear the Lord speaking to His people who are drinking from cupped hands – He has a solid cup for you, one that will quench your thirst and leave you desiring more of His clear cold living water. I hear Him say “I AM the well that will not dry out, I AM the Living Water that never stops flowing. You are drinking from cups I have not ordained for you causing you to grasp water with your hands. Because of this, you are allowing yourself to become stagnant and focused on self, focused on ritual, focused on works. Trust Me to provide the correct cup for you. Trust Me as the source of your water. The water of this world and the cup it provides are no more satisfying than trying to drink the water running through your fingers. Take the cup of water I offer and be satisfied.”
Many of us feel dry, tired, weary, burnt out, etc. It all comes back to the cup we’re drinking from, or rather, what we worship. We worship what we trust and if we trust in ourselves, our jobs, our bank accounts, our relationships, our religions, our works, our strength, our governments, our world around us, then we have no room to trust the Lord. The Lord desires for His people to worship Him fully, not only with our lips, but with ALL of our being. It is NOT enough to say “I worship You” and then go on with our lives in our own strength. We must say “I worship You” and trust Him to provide what it is we need – not only that, but trust Him to provide what we don’t even know we need. He must be our only cup and our only source of water.
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water” (John 4:10-15 NLT).
Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4: 22-24 NLT).
And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you” (Genesis 22:5 NKJV).