Whenever someone calls or comes in sick to our office with a stomach virus, that's always the first order of treatment from the doctor I work for.
"Push fluids" (drink water, and a lot of it)
Of course the obvious reason is because of the risk of dehydration. When our body loses water either by sweat from exertion, loss of fluids through illness, or just simply not drinking enough, we will become dehydrated if we don't replenish what we have lost. Dehydration can wreak havoc on your body and if left unchecked can cause your organs to shut down and lead to death.
Because water is our life-line in these physical bodies.
An extremely healthy person could only live 3-5 days without it, and that's dependent on conditions they're in, and if they don't exert themselves at all.
And in most cases, dehydration can be avoided if only we took the necessary steps to hydrate ourselves. We must replenish, on a daily basis, it's a never ending cycle, if we want to stay healthy. Thirst, is the first sign that we need it.
And just as the body gets thirsty, so does the soul. And the only way to quinch the soul's thirst is to drink from Jesus. When the soul is cracked and parched from lack of water from the Well of life, which is Jesus, the only way to survive is drink His water He gives so freely.
Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:37-38
Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-14And we can drink of the things of this world and our soul will always be thirsty, always searching for more, always parched or we can drink of Jesus and let Him heal the cracks, let Him quench the thirst forever, rehydrate the soul.
And just as we must replenish our bodies daily with fluids, so we should replenish our souls daily with Jesus, letting Him well up in us, so the living water He gives will flow from us.
When we stop going to the Well, we become weak in our flesh. When we stop going to the Well, the spirit gets dehydrated, when we stop going to the Well we become like the man who's lost in the desert and drinks the stagnate water- he reaches for what looks good but it only makes him sicker.
So how do we stay hydrated?
We go to Him in prayer, we read His Words daily, because His Words are the spring of water that will rise up in us and only in Him will we have eternal life, and thirst no more.
Thank you for taking time to read this devotional. I pray it encourages you to seek Jesus and rely on Him during the "dehydrated" seasons of your life. Grace to you, in His precious Name.