Dr. Tony Tadros
Arabic Senior Producer
Rivers of Living Water
There has been recent tension regarding Ethiopia’s new dam being built on
the Nile River, which will most certainly affect the balance of water
distribution in countries like Egypt, Sudan and South Sudan.
Recent studies show that the Middle East, already one of the most arid
regions of the world, is facing a critical water crisis because of poor
management and severe droughts. The region has long struggled with several
major disputes over water involving Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan,
Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey and Yemen, and these are getting more serious as
water levels drop.
The latest report underlines concerns that the water crisis is worsening
almost by the day at a time when the region is engulfed in political
turmoil. This is largely due to the upheavals of the so-called Arab Spring,
in which four longtime regimes were toppled, triggering violence and power
struggles that show no sign of abating.
Despite fears over the years that nations would go to war over water, no
such conflicts have broken out, although there have been heavy skirmishes
caused by the quest for water security, most notably involving Israel and
its Arab neighbors.
It’s interesting that the issue of water is mentioned a lot in the Bible.
The Lord said, "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns
that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13) Jesus told the Samaritan woman,
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will
flow from within them." (John 7:38)
While we cannot help the people there with physical water, we can offer
them the “Living Water” that can change their lives—both on earth and
eternally. A segment titled “Rivers of Living Water” presents the good news
of the Bible to the thirsty souls.
“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; 'he
will lead them to springs of living water.' 'And God will wipe away every
tear from their eyes.'" (Revelation 7:17)