Have you ever been so thirsty yet didn’t know what sounded good or what would quench your thirst? Or have you ever been hungry and decided to go out to eat? Only when someone asked you what you wanted to eat, you couldn’t decide what it was you wanted?
In John 4, we read about a Samaritan woman who was offered Living Water! One drink and she would never be thirsty again. How incredible! She went to the well to draw water–to meet her physical need. Jesus shared with her how she had already been trying to meet her need — HER WAY, and it really wasn’t working out all that great for her. She’d had five husbands, and the man she was with currently wasn’t her husband either. She had a “soul ache” she was trying to fill, but she was trying to fill it on her own in her own way.
Unlike the water she came to get that day, Jesus told her the water He was offering her would satisfy her truest and deepest longing, and she’d never be thirsty again! His water would never run dry, stagnate or disappoint. Jesus wanted to quench a deeper thirst in her heart than her physical thirst!
Like the woman at the well, I have also sought ways to meet my longings outside of God (seeking approval from others, looking for validation, pursuing contentment in possessions, relationships, etc). I am always left disappointed, empty and dry!
Even as a wife, I sometimes find myself looking to my husband to fill the empty places in my heart. God created marriage so we can meet each another’s needs and to serve one another. And as
great AWESOME as my husband is, he was never designed to fill those places. God is the ONLY One Who can meet that deepest longing within me!
I’ve heard it said that we are all born with a God-shaped hole in our hearts that only He can fill!
David knew this thirst, too! He said,
“I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1 NIV).
In the book of Jeremiah, God said He found fault with His people in that they committed two sins:
“They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jeremiah 2:13).
A cistern is a way to store water, an underground reservoir. God wanted to be the One Who they turned to when in need. But they chose to abandon the constant fresh, flowing water of His presence and provision, and instead created their own ways of quenching their thirst. Their way of doing things was broken and couldn’t hold the water poured into them. They didn’t even know what they were truly craving!!
All earthly means of satisfying our wants and needs (other people, possessions, success, money, etc) will ALWAYS fail! But He will never fail! He knows us intimately!
Back to the woman at the well…this is so cool! After she truly encountered Christ, the Source of Living Water, she had no more use for what once temporarily satisfied! In John 4:29, it says, she left her jar there and went to tell others about Him! She left her jar there! Our thirst NEVER overwhelms Him!
When you feel dry and thirsty, are you going to the Living Water? Or are you trying to fill those places yourself?
Leave your jar at the well! You won’t need it!