Evil spirits prefer humans. We’re just special that way, all wrapped up in the trappings of humanity, openly vulnerable to demonic infection. Our emotional chemistry and weaknesses of the flesh provide the perfect habitat for their growth. Since the fall of humanity, we are the natural reservoir of evil.
In epidemiology, a reservoir is the “habitat in which an infectious agent normally lives, grows and multiplies; reservoirs can include human reservoirs, animal reservoirs, and environmental reservoirs.”
Most infectious agents have a natural reservoir in which they grow best. Viruses, for example, reproduce and grow only inside of living cells. Because of their genetic structure, they will not survive for long on inanimate surfaces. Evil spirits are the same way. They will do anything to stay inside a living human host. While there are some biblical examples of demons entering animals, other species cannot seem to tolerate demonic infection, and certainly don’t provide the depth of spiritual mischief that humans offer.
But what happens when an evil spirit leaves a human host?
In Matthew 12:43, we read that it “wanders through arid (waterless / dry) places seeking rest.” Right away, we can see that an evil spirit without a host is restless. Not comfortable. Seeking. Prowling. Hungry. Like a coyote in a summer drought, lean and thin and dangerous.
It needs to rest. It needs spiritual shelter and food. And yes, it needs water.
Water holds great significance in the spirit realm.
Though no coincidence, the Bible both begins and ends with references to water. In Genesis we read that “darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Gen 1:2). And in Revelation we read that in the new heaven and new earth there will no longer be any sea (Rev. 21:1), and that Jesus offers the “free gift of the water of life” to whoever is thirsty (Rev. 22:17).
Earthly water can be dangerous and turbulent. Spiritual water brings life.
Did you know that the human body is somewhere between 60 to 70 percent earthly water? Vital, yes. Dangerous and turbulent? Absolutely.
Like viral particles sent airborne with a sneeze, evil spirits wandering through waterless places desire to land on a living human host that will provide everything they need. Are you in their path?
(This is part two of a four-part series. Stay tuned…)