In the Gospel of John Chapter 4:7-15, we read the story of Jesus at the well when a Samaritan woman comes to draw water. Jesus asks her for a drink.
The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
As humans, we thirst. We need a certain amount of water each day to stay hydrated and healthy. Dehydration causes a lot of health problems. When we have to be hospitalized during or after an illness, the nurses might start an IV drip of an electrolyte solution that will re-hydrate our physical body. It’s incredibly important that we get enough liquid daily to stay healthy.
We can also thirst spiritually. We can yearn for answer to prayer, to know what Jesus wants us to do in this or that situation. We can be thirsty in our spirit to live wholehearted lives in Christ. We can be spiritually dehydrated because of unwarranted abuse by someone who should have known better.
Just as Jesus told the Samaritan woman that he has living water to give to anyone who wants it, he also tells us the same thing. Whatever the problem is or problems are in our daily life, when we draw near to Jesus and tell him of our thirst, he will give us his kind of living water so that our spiritual thirst is quenched forever. And in fact, the water that Jesus gives will become a spring of water in us that will well up to eternal life.
There’s a hymn that I like. I don’t think very many people know it. But here’s the text as a poem.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest;
And in your weariness lay down your head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was, so weary, worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place, and he has made me glad.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in him.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto me, your morn shall rise, and all your day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk till pilgrim days are done.1
No matter who we are, no matter what kind of burden we carry in our heart, Jesus can and will give us his living water. This day, this week, let’s remember to ask him, like the Samaritan woman did, “Sir, give me this water.” And he will quench our thirst and provide comfort and healing for our souls.
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And remember, you're awesome. God holds you in the palm of His hand.
1 Author of the hymn “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say:” Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
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