walk in the word
The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 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 4:11-15
This extraordinary conversation demonstrates how gently, persistently, and creatively Jesus pursues and captures our hearts. He wants to dwell within us as an eternal spring. And He always knows exactly what we need much more clearly than we do. Here He approaches a woman of Samaria who doesn’t expect to find anyone at the well in the middle of the day, much less someone who would transform her life forever.
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.” This lady spent hours every day walking in the hot sun, then dipping, pouring, dipping, pouring, hoisting up on her head forty or fifty pounds of water-filled pottery. This was back-breaking work. In her ears, Jesus’ words may have sounded like, You don’t have to keep coming to this spring anymore. I will install a spring inside of you! I will put the well deep within you, and it will constantly bubble over.
But He wasn’t quite finished: “The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The water Jesus promised her is the same water He promises us; a thirst-slacking supply that will meet our needs in time and in eternity. An eternal spring within us—what an amazing way to picture God’s indwelling Spirit. But like we do so often, the woman tried to apply Jesus’ spiritual promise to the limited and temporary sphere of earthly experience.
“Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” She was still so caught up in the earthly, she limited her request to what would alleviate her physical needs, rather than acknowledging the desperate and deepest needs of her soul. This woman needed an eternal spring even more than she needed relief from the work of providing for her family—and so do we.
What do you find yourself asking God for most often? To what extent do you spend time talking to God about eternal matters, and how much of your praying is focused on earthly needs? Too often we look to God for earthly springs rather than trusting Him as our eternal spring. Come to Him eager to receive what He has for you, rather than insisting you know what you need.
Like the woman at the well, ask the Lord for water, but trust Him to give you what will be best for you, now and for eternity. This will make your times in prayer much more about aligning your will and desires with His, than about your wants and needs. Obedience and trust are some of the best evidence of Christ’s eternal spring within.
How would someone know you have a spring of living water welling up inside?
In what ways do you express your gratitude to God for the living water He has given you?
Lord, I am grateful beyond words for the eternal spring You have placed within by Your grace and presence. It flows every moment, every day, always available to me. Forgive me for those times when I ignore your thirst-quenching presence. Forgive me for self-caused spiritual dehydration when You have given Your abundant living water to me. Thank You again for the joy and freedom that comes as I drink deeply from Your eternal spring. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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