John 4:13-15 “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.”
The exchange between the Samaritan woman and Jesus is well-known to many Christians. The fact that Jesus speaks of their specific meeting is worthy of note.
John 4:4-6 “And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.”
Jesus never did anything by chance. According to the Father’s will, His plan was carried out by the Holy Spirit through Jesus. I was challenged by the statement in our passage today.
Jesus stated that the well water would never satisfy the thirst of which He was speaking. The water, the Living Water that He spoke of, would forever quench the thirst of those who would come. Which begs the question:
“How thirsty are you – spiritually?”
By their conversation, we see that the Samaritan woman was not ignorant of spiritual things. When asked regarding her husband, she replies honestly, and Jesus expounds on that statement revealing that she has had five men who were not her husband.
No stranger could have ever known that, and she begins to open her spiritual eyes.
John 4:19-20 “The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.“
The teaching of the coming Messiah was fresh to her, and she remembered saying:
John 4:25 “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.“
It never fails that when I read Jesus’ response, my heart skips a beat.
John 4:26 “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”
Jesus never spoke so plainly as He did to her that day. When Jesus revealed Himself to her, it must have been more than she could take in.
The opportunity for us to have such close, personal fellowship is available every moment of every day for those who are saved, born-again, children of God.
We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
We have the promise that God will never leave nor forsake us.
Where does this thirst for His presence originate?
Have you ever tasted something and were instantly drawn to it? For some, it is sweets, and for others, it is savory. We are drawn to it. We return again and again, which only increases the thirst for more.
When we are in a deficit of some of those things, we crave them. We are all too familiar with the earthly. But are we in tune with our spiritual thirst?
We can become satisfied with keeping God at a distance – for a time. God wants more and will use situations, circumstances, and trials to make us aware of our need to be dependent on Him.
His chastening is to His children to not only correct but draw us back to Himself.
When we deal with our sin, we can clearly see our need and God’s place in our lives. I speak from personal experience when I say, when you have been in His presence, all worldly possessions and pleasures cannot compare!
When you are away from Him, that desire will grow for only so long.
If we deny the prompting of the Holy Spirit to deal with our sin and come back to God, we will grow colder each day we remain unmoved.
Just as we desire a glass of water first thing in the morning, our thirst for God needs to awake every morning. Who do you greet, or who is it that you speak to when you first wake up?
For many, it is our spouse.
For others, it is the alarm clock for disturbing our sleep.
We have to make the conscious choice to think of God and address Him to begin our day.
That thirst for Him is a choice we make every day of our life. It is a recognition of my need and dependence on my God for my life. When I begin to see what lies ahead and my utter inadequacy to fulfill all that my Savior asks of me, I begin to get thirsty.
To go into battle without first ensuring I am strong, I will likely fail.
To go into my day without first engaging with my God, I know I will fail.
Our spiritual thirst comes alive when I choose to put God first in my life and my day.
So, how thirsty are you today?