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Living Water and Nutritional Labels

I had not looked at one until a week back when I bought a premium water while at work. I don’t typically buy bottled water, but I had had a difficult day and was thirsty; so when I reached the office, down into the machine went my dollar. The notion that we would ever get to the state where we would pay for purified filtered bottled water in this land, this land with the purest and best filtered water in the world, is a topic for some other writer on some other day. But, nonetheless, pay I did that afternoon.

Then I looked at the nutritional information. The interesting thing is that that part of the label has nothing at all to say. Every category is followed by a zero. This premium water had nothing in it.

No calories, no fat, no sodium, no carbohydrates or protein, and no daily value to your diet. In fact to read the information, supposing that you didn’t know better, you might come away with the notion that water had no nutritional value at all (according that is, to the most-wise Federal Government).

Perhaps we should stop drinking the stuff? The government says it is nutritionally useless.

The notion that the purified water out of our house tap is perhaps somehow different than the stuff in the bottles is then doubly interesting. The nutrition labels for the tap variety, if there were any, would still read all zeroes. If you look at the analysis, which is obliged to be supplied to all requestors, you’ll find tap water in the same boat. It seems plant water (as it is, after all, just water) is equally good for nothing.

“Water, water everywhere…” and all of it with no nutritional value!

And so they put a label on every single bottle to tell you that you are, according to some serious standard, receiving nothing but plain old water.

Thanks, so much.

Ever tried living without water? I don’t recommend it.

Without water, it won’t go very well for you. You will die; and we all know that.

I would think that fact ranks water as a nutritional substance, calories or no. But the Food and Drug Administration says “no.” And that fact nails down the stupidity of having a nutritional label which though factually correct serves no real identifiable purpose — and isn’t that just about right for a government project?

I wonder. If the Federales or some other group state that something has no value does that make it true?

We are filled up daily with information and have no use for most of it. So now that we know this wonderful information about water, what are we going to use it for? How will it enrich our lives?

It is utterly and completely empty and useless. Talk about wasting time and false advertising.

But, then what would you say of a water so full of nutrients that it could rightly be called a fountain of youth? Would you be interested in drinking some of that?

I know where you can find water that flows so pure that its nutritional value cannot even be calculated.

It is the water of eternal life. It needs no label.

In Jeremiah chapters 2 and 17 (in verse 13 in both places) God Almighty calls himself “the fountain of living waters.”

In Zechariah 13, the prophet said, “In that day a fountain shall be opened to the house of David and to those living in Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.” While in chapter 14 (8 and 9) he stated, “And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be ‘the Lord is one,’ and His name one.”

A woman once sought this living water from Jesus. From John 4 is taken the following.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.”

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and he would have given you living water.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where then do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but 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.”

That’s quite a nutritional endorsement — offering a fountain springing up into everlasting life. Can you picture that? Who is it that is not interested in a water of eternal life?

And Jesus said he is the one that is offering you a drink of his water, a water that will slake your thirst forever.

Isaiah wrote: Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.

Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; he will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

So what would hinder you from finding this wellspring of life? If you could possess this living water, would you let anything get in your way and keep you from obtaining the map to its source?

And yet it is right in front of you — in front of your eyes.

The word of God, which James likened to a grafted branch, not a natural one, “is able to save your soul.”

Could it be that the word of God is that well spring of life, with waters of eternal life? Jesus said he offers it, and the prophet James says the word saves souls. How could we ever go wrong with that?

It would seem that we need to find the word, drink deeply from it — by listening to the call and doing what God says to do.

Remember the acts of salvation covered here in those lessons on conversions? We need to hear, believe, repent and be immersed for the forgiveness of sin, to “rise and walk in newness of life.” That would quench a spiritual thirst, wouldn’t it?

What then would hinder the clear thinking from taking a long deep drink from the waters of life?

What hinders you?