John 4: 13-15 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
We all thirst at some time or another in our lives. We may thirst for love, fame, recognition, wealth, or success in our jobs. It is a thirst that can run deep into the soul, not easily satisfied or quenched by human means. Attempting to quench this thirst causes many people to make bad choices in their lives. Recently, a young mother accidentally shot and killed her boyfriend in an attempt to create a video that would make them an Internet sensation. What they could not know was that, even if that thirst had been quenched, they would soon be thirsty again, because they had not went to the right source for the quenching of their thirst.
In the Scriptures today, Jesus is talking with a Samaritan woman, who has come to draw water at Jacob’s well. In those days, it was against the customs for a man even to talk to his wife in public, much less to talk to a woman who was a stranger. But, I believe Jesus saw in her a thirst that could only be satisfied by partaking of the fountain of living water, God the Father (Jeremiah 17:13).
Jesus told her that drinking the water that he offered her meant that she would never thirst again; instead, it would become a spring of living water that leads to eternal life. This water was the Holy Spirit, q gift from God, that permeates the souls of believers, keeping them joyful and content, no matter what life throws at them. She asked for this water, so she would never thirst again and never have to come to the well again.
The woman was alone at the well in the heat of the day, meaning that she was ostracized by other women. Moreover, she had been married five times, which made her a social outcast. Many times, it is preached that she had to have been immoral because of her many marriages. Indeed, I have heard her called a whore or an adulteress many times, but there is nothing in the Scripture to substantiate those claims. Instead, it is important to know the culture, to comprehend her dilemma.
In her culture, only men could initiate divorce. For whatever reasons, she had been rejected over and over again by the men in her life. In a culture in which women were judged as valuable and of worth by their connections with men, and in which women were dependent on men for their livelihoods, she had to hunger for acceptance and love. She had to feel lost, trying to understand why she was so unwanted and unloved. Jesus offers this lost and sad woman “living water,” the type of water that never gets old or runs dry. It was an act of compassion and love, for it is water that quenches to the very depths of our souls.
Jesus offers her the hope of salvation, a connection with God the Father. The Good Shepherd is leading her beside the still waters. Psalm 7:16-17 states, “They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
As our physical bodies thirst for water, so do our spiritual bodies thirst for spiritual water. Reading God’s Word daily, and accepting His Son, Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives will keep our thirst at bay. We see people today making bad choices in their lives, as they seek for something that will quench their thirsts, and, with much sorrow and pain, they find that nothing this world offers can relieve a dryness in the soul. The things of this world tend to alienate us from God, not bring us closer to partake of His Holy Spirit. As believers and people of God, we need to offer this water to those who are lost, rejected, and oppressed, connecting them to the Source of life, Our Father in Heaven, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It will be an act of love.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today, I come to the throne of grace and mercy, seeking to quench the thirsts in my life. I wish to bow down and partake of that river of living water, clear as crystal, that flows down from the throne of the Father and of the Lamb. I know that nothing this world can offer can give my soul the contentment it needs. Thank you for the living Word, Jesus Christ, and the written Word that quench my every thirst and keeps me satisfied in the God of my salvation. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.