The Living Water

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John 4:1-54, Isaiah 55:1-3

When I was a teen, I wanted my worth to come from my good grades and the acceptance of my peers. I wanted to be successful by winning the affection of my teachers and getting the lead in our school play. There was nothing particularly wrong or out of the norm for a thirteen-year-old to desire this kind of attention, but it quickly became apparent that the accolades weren’t really satisfying. My desires were misplaced.

Likewise, the Samaritan woman came to the well with hopes and desires that were misplaced. We don’t glean much about her life, but we understand that she sought affection from multiple husbands. She was probably weary from the mundane task of having to come and draw her water for daily living. She needed the true “living water” Jesus came to give (v.10).

We will all grow weary from our pursuit of the world’s affection. Isaiah makes our efforts plain: “Why do you spend silver on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2). When we strive and obsess over the things that are less than what God offers us—His steadfast, sure love—we will find ourselves longing for more and more. It is an endless, exhausting cycle of life that never fulfills. 

As I pursued the worldly view of love through middle school, I met a girl in my class who had the “cool factor” everyone wanted. But unlike the rest of us seventh graders, she wasn’t chasing after the things the rest of us were chasing. As we connected more, I learned that she did in fact have something better than what the world had to offer—she had Jesus. Jesus who fulfills our thirst for a gratifying life.

 “But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.” —John 4:14 

The Samaritan woman found what she really needed in Jesus. Jesus invites us into the same everlasting life. Jesus offers a new quality of life at the cost of His own—an everlasting life that always fulfills our needs. May we look no further, for His living water will satisfy all our longings and desires. 

 “Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the water…come, buy, and eat…without silver and without cost!” —Isaiah 55:1 

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  1. Bailey Koch says:

    I love the story of the Woman at the Well. Such a great reminder that Jesus is all we need. Come to Him and we will live an eternal life. Pursue other things and we will continue to thirst.

  2. Lizza Streicher says:

    I love Bailey’s narrative. It puts a lot of things in perspective that I can relate to.

  3. Portia Strange says:

    Lord, help me to not look at any woman (Christian or not) as needing Jesus more than me just because I perceive that my sin isn’t ‘as bad’ as theirs, that they are worse off than me. I never want to see myself as needing Jesus less than any woman. All have sinned & fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). I need Jesus just as much as they do & vice-versa.

    Lord, only You satisfy the depths of my soul that are unfulfilled & unsatisfied.

    Only You shine Your holy light on the darkness, the sin that’s within me, that so easily entangles. Then, in gentleness & compassion You call me out with a kindness that leads me to repentance.

    Only You heal the brokenness within me & restore to me the joy of my salvation.

    Only You can take the disappointment, hurt, & pain that I try to conceal, bring healing, & use if for Your glory.

    Only You can fully know ALL of me, yet still fully love ALL of me.

    I thank & praise you Jesus!

  4. Andrea Ingersoll says:

    I receive this Word and pray that the Holy Spirit will help me to seek Him today.

  5. meghan reep says:

    Such a good reminder. “Why do you spend silver on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2). Why do I do this? Seek things that are meaningless? I want living water, not what will fade away.

  6. Alice Le Marchant says:

    God grants us a humble heart through which we can live in simplicity. He has set us free from the demands of the world through the Spirit who breaks the chains of societal demands, raising us from death to life.