They deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. (2 Pet. 3:5)

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, Texas has suffered severe drought that has placed extreme stress on our water supply. In the area where I live, concern has arisen over the depletion of our water and the need to tap deep aquifers. Homeowners are limited to certain times for watering lawns. Master gardener programs are educating the populace on rainwater harvesting and using native plants in landscaping. Other states, such as California, are implementing even stronger measures to conserve the fast depleting resource that we used to take for granted.

When water is flowing freely, we tend to forget that God is the One who made it and He is the One who controls it. We assume it will always be available, but when it runs short, we look to scientists and agriculturists to discover new sources.

Peter told his followers never to forget that God created everything, and Peter’s reminder focused on water. He cautioned them that God had determined a devastating future use for water. While here on earth, Jesus chose water to symbolize how He would live forever and return for us one day. Conserve water, but generously use His message of salvation to lead others to Him and give them the Living Water.

Today, explain to someone why Jesus is the Living Water.

Alice Stone Thomas is an adjunct professor of English. In addition to her three children and five grandchildren, she loves to read, write, and garden.