QT – John 7

Vs. 37, “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” This section of Scripture was the inspiration of one of the old summer’s retreats I did with the Youth in Oregon.  The backgound of this is the Feast of Tabernacles…which was held around Sept. or Oct. and lasted 8 days, it commerated the time when the Jews lived in booths in the wilderness after escaping Egypt. Jesus would not only have to contend with the unbelieving Jews…his own half-brothers & sisters still did not believe who He was. Also, by now…Jesus had grown quite the reputation and there were many rumors as to who He really was. On top of that…because Jesus healed the paralyzed man on the Sabbath, the teachers of the law were planning to have him killed. On the last day, Jesus boldy stands up and shares that He is the Living Water and no commeration will ever be able to live up to Him!

Regarding application…Obstacles. Vs. 5, “For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” If Jesus’ life were like a physical obstacle course, it would be the most dangerous and harrowing obstacle course the world would ever see. It must have saddened Jesus immensely to have his own earthly family not believe in Him. Whether we realize it or not…how our earthly family perceives us and supports us or the lack thereof can absolutely mean a huge deal. This was just another example of a obstacle our Lord Jesus had to contend with. And as you continue to strive to do the Lord’s will in your life…if you have no obstacles in your path…perhaps it is not God’s will but your will. When a young man or lady desires to live their life sold out for God…even their own family will question them, persuade them to do something else (God forbid they shame their families reputation by not becoming successful and rich)… Brothers & Sisters…I came from a family that was shocked to see me graduate from high school! Yet, many of you have family that have such high expectations of you that if you were to do anything but that…you would shame them. This is an obstacle that is far larger than you would like to admit.  Let us remember that it is the Lord who guides us in this life we live!