“Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22: 17).
Water is another natural component that can be used to prevent or fight diseases. Healthy and sick people gain great benefits by using it internally or externally.
In the case of internal use, it is said that drinking six to eight glasses per day is the recommended amount for adults; however, we can maximize its benefits by considering its temperature and hours of consumption. For example, drinking two glasses of water when waking up helps activate the internal organs; drinking two glasses of (warm) water thirty minutes before meals improves digestion; a glass of water before shower decreases blood pressure, while a glass of water before going to bed prevents an eventual stroke or heart attack. All our body systems benefit from abundant water consumption.
Applied externally, a cold water bath in the morning tones up the organism, while a hot bath helps to eliminates impurities, soothes the nerves and controls blood circulation. Likewise, a warm bath helps to regulate the nervous and circulatory systems. It is remarkable how God provided so simple and efficient restorative elements within our reach.
Nevertheless, the availability of this vital element mainly depends on the conditions of climate. Some predict that the water supply will be catastrophically low for a great part of the global population in the next decades. This is mentioned by Igor Shiklomanov, director of the Russian State Hydrological Institute in Saint Petersburg, in his article «World Water Resources, A New Appraisal and Assessment for the 21st Century,» published by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1998.
There is a type of water much more valuable: the water of life that is available to every thirsty soul. «If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink» (John 7:37), said Jesus, because «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» (John 4:14). Nevertheless, the Scriptures predict that “the days are coming,’ says the Lord God, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord’ » (Amos 8:11).
Obviously, water availability is a privilege that many times goes unnoticed and is valued only when it is scarce.
Today, let us appreciate the Water of Life that guarantees a life-giving power and is capable of renewing the entire being.