“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.” John 4:10 NIV
This is one of my favorite stories, the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus often used metaphors and analogies to help people see Him and His purpose more clearly. In this encounter, Jesus asks a “disgraced” woman for a drink of water. In the ensuing conversation, He tells her that He can give her “living water” and she would never thirst again. Jesus is our life-giving water, our living water.
Water is a unique substance and perfectly suited to describe our Lord. We have to have water to survive, to live. There is a survivalist saying which talks about the rule of 3’s – you can survive 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food.” (attributed to Bear Grylls, I think!) We all need water to live. And we all need Jesus to live our best lives.
Water is the liquid our bodies need to keep our cells, our brains, and all our organs working well. Jesus fills that spiritual void we each have with His living water so that we are joyful and well.
Water is fluid, it fills and takes the shape of the container it is in. Jesus spirit is fluid and can fill us and shape us.
Water flows freely in and out. Jesus’ living water of love flows into us and out to others.
Water must be replenished daily for our health. We must also replenish our “living water” with Jesus’ words and forgiveness and peace.
Water is also powerful, cutting new paths, to reach its ultimate goal, the sea. Jesus’ “living water” can cut new paths in our hearts and our lives so that we can reach our ultimate goal, life with Him.
Water is ever present in our daily lives. Let’s make sure that the “living water”, Jesus, is too!
This week let’s notice all of the times we thirst for water. Let’s also remember to thirst after the “living water” of our Lord, Jesus.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we explore Jesus, our source of “living water”.
Blessings and quenched thirst!