About eight years ago, we heard on the radio of a competition sponsored by a different radio station (I do not recall the state) in which contestants were challenged to a water-drinking competition. That contest was being reported on our radio state because a female contestant in that contest actually died because she drank too much water, too fast.
Most of us probably do not drink nearly enough water. But, apparently, you can also get too much water. The British Journal of Medicine ran an article recently on the toxic effects of too much H2O. Within the last couple of years, two football players as well as other athletes have died from drinking too much water or other sports drinks.
Too much water in your system can cause the sodium level in your blood to drop. It can cause cells to absorb too much water. One’s brain can swell. You can get muscle cramps, experience nausea or vomiting. Seizures and unconsciousness can also result.
So, while most of us should be drinking more water, athletes (especially) are encouraged to only drink water when they are thirsty. Too much of a good thing can be deadly.
Jesus sat at Jacob’s well, weary from His journey. Depending on whether John was using Roman time or Jewish time, it was either 6 P. M. or 12 noon (John 4:6). Either way, it was a hot part of the day. A woman, a Samaritan, approached the well and Jesus asked her for a drink. She marveled – not that a man was speaking to a woman but – that a Jew was speaking to a Samaritan. The apostles would later marvel that He was speaking to a woman (verse 27).
In response to her marvel, Jesus told her that if she had known who it was asking her for water, she would be asking Him for “living water.” Confused, the woman observed He had nothing with which to draw water from the well.
Jesus’ immortal words were: “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (4:13-14). The woman proceeded to request over hydration! “Give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw!” What a wonderful attitude to have toward Jesus Christ. “Give me all you can give!”
That is precisely what Jesus can and desires to do. The spiritual blessings that He gives surpasses our imagination. The wonders He can perform in our lives humbles us into greater service for Him. What blessings does He give? Can you tell me from Romans 6 the blessings He gives? How about 2 Corinthians 10? Maybe Ephesians 3? 1 Thessalonians 4?
If we want to drink from the well of everlasting water provided by the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to study all we can about Him and from Him. And keep studying and keep obeying. We might forget, as we study Romans, what He promises in 2 Thessalonians. That’s why we need to keep studying, keep reading, and keep obeying.
Because with Jesus Christ, you cannot get too much water!