Therefore, she went to the well during the heat of the day to avoid any human interaction. Little did she know that she’d find Jesus there. That sounds just like Him. He seeks us out in those moments when we do all we can to isolate ourselves and avoid others. I can speak from experience on this point because I have been there. I have been in seasons of brokenness and hiding. Jesus always showed up when I want to withdraw the most.
The woman just wanted water from the well but Jesus had other plans. She just wanted to be refreshed on a such a hot day yet Jesus was on a mission. Her thirst required more than a sip of water. Her thirst was soul deep and dehydrated from the heat of the sin. The Saviour had come to Save Her.
When He asked for a drink of water in John 4:9, she replied, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” This statement reminded me of the excuses we make when it comes to our deliverance. The fact of the matter was that who she has had nothing to do with what He wanted to do in her life. As far as Jesus was concerned as stated in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”.
Jesus replied in John 4:10, “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.” I’m sure she was hesitant of the offer because of her history with men. She probably felt like Jesus was only being nice because He wanted something from her. His offer had no strings attached. It wasn’t circumstantial. It was eternal. In spite of her resistance, Jesus was persistent just as He is with us. He continues to pursue us even in the midst of our disobedience and doubt. Jesus goes on the say in verses 13-14, “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.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” In other words, Pepsi or Mountain Dew didn’t have anything on His living water. Natural beverages can’t remedy spiritual thirst. She’d made that mistake many times before only to walk away still thirsty and lacking. He looked beyond her faults and saw the need in her life.
That’s exactly what happens when we look for self-value and identity in world things. We look for temporary fixes for everlasting issues but Jesus wants to meet us at the well. He wants us to partake of His living water and be changed. He wants us to thirst no more because if we “drink” of Him we will be satisfied. He wants us to know that we can’t thrive on natural things and expect our spirit man to grow. We have to make a decision to “water” our spirit man even more. The water represents His spirit and we should desire that above all else.
What are the thirst traps your life? Meet Jesus at the well. Let Him Quench Them.