Thirsty again?

Water Jet

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “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.”

Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

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 4:7-14

All of us crave something. Think about the things we may crave such as food, job, new car, new home, more money, better relationship or something else that we feel we need to make us complete. There is a hole in our soul that cries out to be filled. Sometimes we reach our goals like getting the new job we wanted. Then we are surprised to find out that the hunger inside of us starts us again with a new need in sight. We crave again to be filled.

Just as the Samaritan woman went to the well with her bucket to get the water she physically desired, Jesus offered her something much better. He offered her the way to have the hole in her soul filled permanently with his living water. God offers that same gift to us if we will only choose to accept it. By drinking deep of the living water of Jesus Christ, then we will feel and actually be complete. Our cravings will be focused on God who will continually fill us with the spiritual nourishment we need to be complete and not distracted by worldly cravings.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for giving me your living water. I pray that I continually seek to drink from your well and not the wells of the world. Amen

Faith Tip: Sing a song of praise such as “As the Deer” and really focus on the words to apply to your life.

 

 

Drinking from the right well

Water Fountain

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The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”Psalm 23:1-3

Coming home late from the meeting, Tricia dropped her purse, coat and notebook on the nearest piece of furniture and sank down into the chair. When she woke up, it was a couple of hours since her return home. Time for bed, she amused herself. Before turning off the light when she climbed into bed, Tricia reached for her Bible. She began to read about living water offered to a Samaritan woman. He said she would never be thirsty again. She wondered what she was thirsty for. Turning off the light, Tricia drifted off to sleep with that question on her heart.

It’s a question that each of us should ponder….what are we thirsty for? Being thirsty draws us to action to quench the thirst. It brings us to the well. Are we at the right well? The wells that the world offers may temporarily satisfy our thirst, but in the long run, we become parched again.

With Jesus, we lack nothing. His water is living and continually surging through us giving refreshment. We need to drink out of his well though. It requires a response from us.

Prayer: Lord, for those days when I am drinking out of the wrong wells and getting thirstier, I pray that I reach for your well of refreshment and drink of your living water for the fountain to flow in my soul. Amen

Faith Tip: Feeling tired today? What are you thirsting for? If it’s not Jesus, you may be thirsty again.