I am Thirsty
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water”—(John 4:13-15, ESV).
I rarely saw my mother drink a glass of water. I think she may have been part camel. When I entered my teens, I would nag at her to drink some but her answer was that she got her fluids from her coffee. She lived to be 75 so this was a great accomplishment–to never have drunk a glass of water!
Humans can’t typically survive longer than 3-5 days without some kind of hydration; it is the key to life. Jesus, being the Creator of all knew this well. And, being human, He also felt thirst himself. So in His interaction with the despised Samaritan woman, He touched to the core of her need. He offered her living water so she would never thirst again. Many believe that for her going to the well was humbling and filled with strife and judgment from the other women. Oh how she would love to not have to fetch water another day!
Jesus brought truth, peace, and life that day. I love how she ran–now unashamed–and told the people in her town all that Jesus had said to her. And that He brought life!
Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” . . . And many more believed because of His word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:39, 41-42 ESV)
Lord, thank you for giving us not only water to quench our earthly thirst, but your Word ...living water that fills us and quenches the thirst of our spiritual conditions. Help us to drink deep of your Word and Spirit and then share with others our testimony, bringing them true life in You, Amen.
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