Mornings with Maddie Day 1 – Living Water
“A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’ (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from 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.’” (John 4:7-10, ESV)
“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)
“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” (Isaiah 55:2, ESV)
I was thinking about the Samaritan woman that came to the well to get water. It’s interesting to note what time she came to the well—around noon. This would typically be the hottest part of the day; most would try to come in the morning or evening to avoid the heat.
This woman was likely a source of gossip around town due to the fact that she’d had multiple husbands, and this comes up in her conversation with Jesus. Just like so many of us, she had been misplacing her hopes and desires. She may have thought her worth came from being appreciated by a husband, but five different marriages proved that was not the case.
She was likely weary from searching for the approval of others, and so she needed the living water that only Jesus could offer her. So many in this world are in the same boat, looking for acceptance in their job, relationships, school, material possessions, and so on.
These pursuits only satisfy temporarily and can never fill us like the living water Jesus offers—salvation and true freedom. I’m so thankful that I have this living water and the assurance of salvation, something that is eternal and can never fade away. My prayer is that you, too, will receive this living water.