Water, water everywhere! The atmosphere often contains as much as 50,000 tons of water over one square mile of the earth's surface at summer temperature. All our food contains water—in watery fruits as much as 95 per cent. About 70 per cent of the human body is water.
In industry the great raw material is water. It takes 10 gallons of water to produce one gallon of petrol; 24 gallons to produce a pound of paper; 70 gallons to make a pound of woolen cloth; and 65,000 gallons to produce a ton of highly finished steel. In highly industrialized countries the need of still greater supplies of water is of paramount importance. Water supply is a big industry in the U.S.A. By weight of material handled it is 7 times as big as all other industries put together.
In Iceland there is an abundance of drinking water, so pure and clear and free from bacteria that no purification is needed. Springs of hot water are used for heating houses, schools and public buildings, and this hot water is so clean that it corrodes neither concrete nor iron and can be used even in cooking. In India how much we would appreciate such a boon!
The Bible has a lot to say about water. In John's Gospel, for example, chapter after chapter is occupied with it. Pots of water, a well of water, pools of water, a lake of water, rivers of water, and a basin of water (chapters 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 13). John tells us how Christ transformed the
water, drank of the water, and walked on the water (2. 9; 4. 7; 6. 19). The disciples baptized in it and the Lord applied spiritual lessons from the water. But in chapter 5 He dispensed with the need of it. Why?
The sick folks at the pool of Bethesda were looking to the water instead of looking to the Lord Who provided it. How sad that men should be occupied with the creature or the created thing rather than with the Creator.
When the Lord took the poor impotent man's case in hand it is not surprising that He healed him without any reference to the water. This man had been an invalid for years before Christ was born in Bethlehem, but in an instant the Saviour loosed him from his longstanding sickness and made him fully whole. This wasn't a water-cure but a wonder-cure genuinely and miraculously wrought by the divine Healer, and all without money and without price.
The moral is clear and plain. Make sure that you go straight to the Lord Himself for deliverance when the need arises.
Now the frail vessel Thou hast made, No hand but Thine can fill—
The waters of the earth have failed, And I am thirsty still.
Oh! Peace of God that passeth thought, I daily hourly sing,
My heart is at the secret source of every living thing.—A. Soutter
(John 4. 10; 5. 3)