East Africa is one of the driest places on earth, which is what makes “Nairobi” such a significant name for a city in that region. The name comes from a phrase meaning “cold water”, and it literally means “the place of water”.

Throughout history, the presence of water has been both life giving and strategic. Whether a person lives in a dry climate or a rainforest, water is a non-negotiable necessity. In a dry and barren climate, knowing where to find the place of water can mean the difference between life and death.

Our spiritual life also has certain non-negotiable elements. That is why Jesus, upon meeting a spiritually thirsty woman at a well, declared to her that He alone could provide living water. He told her, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

Like the deer mentioned in Psalm 42:1-2 who pants for water, our souls thirst for God and long for Him (63:1). We desperately need the strength that comes only from Jesus Christ. He is the source of living water that refreshes our hearts.

Jesus is the fountain of living water.


Bill Crowder


Our Daily Bread