At The Well

Jesus offered the Samaritan woman living water. “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10) The woman is confused because she is thinking Jesus is speaking of the well water. All she can think about is that He has nothing from which to draw the water. Then she says something intriguing. “Are you greater than our Father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself.”(vs.12) She acknowledged where the well came from and asks, ‘Are you greater than Jacob who built the well?’

Jesus has a wonderful response to her question. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of living water.” (vs. 13) Jesus is the true source of living water. True everlasting life flows from Him! His water quenches our thirsty and dry spirits.

Now Jesus has the Samaritan women’s attention. She desired this water but was still confused and thought it was literal well water. Jesus then tells her to go get her husband. She responds and says she has no husband. Then Jesus begins to tell her about personal life. “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you have is not your husband. What you said is quite true.” (vs. 18) Jesus knows us so intimately. We don’t need to tell him about the details of our lives because he already knows them.

What are you thirsting for in your life? Is it greater intimacy with the Father? Or are you thirsting after worldly fulfillment like the Samaritan woman? She was searching for love in all the wrong places as the song goes. I think she thought if I could just find a man to love me, my longings would be satisfied.

The only one who can curb our insatiable thirst is Jesus. Take time to talk to Him today about your longings and desires. Let His living water wash over and fill you today to overflowing. He loves you dear one and desires that you thirst no more!


Living Water

Jesus and his disciples were on a journey from Judea to Galilee. He needed to pass through Samaria to get there. He ended up in a city called Sychar, near a portion of ground that Jacob gave to Joseph. Jacob’s well was there too. Jesus was tired from his journey and decided to sit at the well. At about 12PM a Samaritan women came with her water jug to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” The disciples were not with him at the time. They had gone into town to buy food.

The woman was surprised that Jesus asked her, a Samaritan, for a drink. You see, Jews and Samaritans did not associate with one another. Samaritans were outcasts because they were half breeds. Jesus responds in a powerful way. “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”

Jesus took his disciples into Samaritan territory because he had someone special to meet. This Samaritan woman. We will find out tomorrow that he knew all about her. How wonderful is that?!

This woman is completely taken aback when Jesus asks for water. The Samaritans intermarried with foreigners and therefore were despised by the Orthodox Jews. She thought he would never ask her for a drink of water. Something I learned today was, “the giving and receiving of water was a covenant of hospitality.” This was a way to show the value and worth of another individual.

Jesus surprises the woman again and offers something called living water to her. She doesn’t yet know this but it is, “living water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) The living water he is offering her is eternal life. This will quench her spiritual thirst forever!

Have you ever been really physically thirsty at the verge of dehydration? What quenched your thirst at that time? I have and nothing but a cold glass of water would do. Now think of a time you have been spiritually thirsty. You were are out there looking for meaning, purpose, and love. Jesus is the one that will satisfy our thirsty longings. Take some time today thank Jesus for the living water he provides. He is all that we need and the only one who will truly satisfy!


Eternal Water

John 4:14 is in a beautifully set picture frame of a fountain in a secret garden that is on the wall of our home in our family room. Years ago I bought the frame because I loved the calming and inviting photo. Now I love it because of the scripture that it possesses.

This passage comes from one of my favorite interactions that Jesus had with a woman. I would like to share with you some of this amazing interaction that Jesus and the woman at the well had with one another.

The story starts at noon day. Jesus had stopped off at a well to rest from his journey. A Samaritan woman comes by to draw water from the well and Jesus asks her for a drink. The woman is surprised that he, a Jew is asking she, a Samaritan for some water. You see Jews and Samaritans didn’t talk to one another. “Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and would have given you living water.” (John 4:10) The woman is intrigued by what Jesus says about this living water. In her thinking he has nothing to draw water from the deep well. “Then Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13&14)

Now the woman desires this living water. She wants it so she won’t become physically thirsty again. Skipping down a few verses the woman says, “I know that the Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, He will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you– I am He.”(John 4:25,26) Jesus reveals that He is the Christ! The one she has been waiting to hear from. This entire passage is powerful and I would encourage you to read it in it’s entirety. (John 4:1-42)

If we belong to Christ, we have this living water in us too springing up to eternal life! The message wasn’t just for the Samaritan woman but it’s for all who believe. It says in John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of His heart will flow rivers of living water!” The rivers of living water is the Holy Sprit that is alive and active in the life of a believer. (John 7:39)

If you aren’t aware of the Holy Spirit and who he is I’d love for you to do a word study on Him. For those of you who are aware of who the Holy Spirit is, I’d encourage you to thank Him for His presence and activity in your life. What an awesome God we praise, wonderful Savior we serve and beautiful Holy Spirit we are growing to know. May you press into knowing the three in one, the Holy Trinity, in a deeper way today!