Seatwater, Bilgewater, and True Refreshment

Psalm 63:1

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you.

Revelation 21:6

Christ says, “To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.”


The beautiful sequential fountain at Butchart Gardens, near Victoria, BC

The dangers of drinking seawater in an attempt to quench your thirst are well documented. Bottom line, it’s very bad for you, and can be lethal. Kidneys apparently cannot work properly with seawater. Few of us, fortunately, are in a position to have only seawater available to drink.

Bilgewater is water that collect in the lowest part of a ship. Bilge water can be found aboard almost every vessel. Depending on the ship’s design and function, bilge water may contain water, oil, urine, detergents, solvents, chemicals, pitch, particles, and other materials. No one would choose to drink it willingly. But in times of extreme thirst we will fill our bodies with the most vile liquids.

Sometimes we choose to take very harmful things into our souls. Seawaters of greedy consumption and bilgewaters of lustful desires can be made to appear very delightful. In a dry and thirsty land, almost anything will do.

Greedy consumption and lustful desires never satisfy the soul. Only the true water of life from God can do that. Is there some bilgewater that needs to be removed from your heart? Is the seawater all around you appearing to be attractive? Seek the water of life from God – his word, grace, love, and presence. He will satisfy your soul.

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