One of my all time favourite stories from the Bible is from John 4. It tells the story of a woman at the well and her encounter with Jesus. The story can be found in John 4:1-42 (#ContextIsImportant) but their specific encounter is verses 4 to 26.
But to summarise, a Samaritan woman was at a well to get water and Jesus, a Jew approached her and asked for some water. I highlight that Jesus was a Jew because in that time, Jews and Samaritans did not interact with each other. The Jews looked down upon them so automatically it was beef onsite. So the woman was highly surprised that a Jew would even dare to talk to her, let alone ask for some water. Jesus responds telling her that if she knew who she was talking to, she’d ask HIM for water as he supplies living water. Shes like ‘yoooo where can I get this living water from because you don’t even have rope or water to get it. PLUS how can you provide better water than this one in the well?’
Jesus says that the water he offers gives eternal life (v14) and no one will ever thirst again (v13). The Samaritan wants a piece of that because it sounds good! Then all of a sudden, Jesus exposes her. He tells her how she has been married five times and the guy she’s living with is not even her husband! DAAAAAANNNNGGGGG JESUS! Why you gon’ do her like that? The woman is in awe and says ‘Wow, you must be a prophet!’ The encounter ends with Jesus telling her he is the Messiah. The woman in amazement leaves her water jar at the well and runs back to the village to tell everyone that the Messiah is here and a lot of people believe through her testimony (v39-42).
Now why do I tell you that story and why is it one of my favourites?
One of the MANY lessons this story offers is relevant to my life and I guess, a LOT of people. It is a reminder of how we seek satisfaction or delight in temporary things. Things like, sex, relationships, money, education, career etc. We often think these things can fill the deep void within ourselves. Not that these things in themselves are bad but when they become a sole pursuit in life, we miss out on what is important.
Here, Jesus offers something that will SATISFY and fill that void within us. Living water. Through faith, Christ satisfies us in ways that is deeper than we can understand. This satisfaction lasts forever and leads us to heaven. He does by sending us his Spirit. This living water he speaks of is the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). The Holy Spirit is given to everyone who believes in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is with us forever, He allows us to experience new things in Christ, He gives us a Heavenly perspective on things and empowers us to live a NEW life in and with Christ.
Reading through my old journal, I see an entry from 15/08/2014 where I discuss this story and see myself in the Samaritan woman’s shoes. I record myself struggling to find satisfaction and contentment in Christ alone. And til this very day, I still struggle because there are so many distractions and things that may seem like they can satisfy me but they can’t. All they do is drive a greater urge, a greater desire for these things because they are never enough to satisfy. You will always crave something more. Ecclesiastes 1:8 (NLT) says “Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.”
All we can do is continue to accept and continuously drink from the well of the Living Waters.
Join me in this fight for a deeper satisfaction in Christ alone.