“Those who drink the water that I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring with in them giving them eternal life.” John 4:14 (NLT)
Jesus sat resting at Jacob’s well. In the middle of the day a Samaritan woman approached the well. Jesus spoke to her and asked her for a drink. She was taken back by this, because in this culture a man would not speak to a woman and definitely not a Samaritan woman. Jesus and she begin talking of the water in the well and He then speaks of the “water” He is offering.
This woman has had several husbands and was currently with a man who was not her husband. I used to think she was a woman who made bad choices or was difficult to get along with. But when you look deeper into the culture of this time, a woman could not pick her own husband, nor did she have the choice to divorce. A woman could not support herself, she needed a husband to provide for her. If at any time, for any reason a man decided he didn’t want his wife He could divorce her with a simple declaration, “I divorce her.” This would leave her abandoned on the street with nothing.
This woman had not been enough for 5 husbands and was now with a man who didn’t care enough for her to make her his wife. Could you imagine, never being enough? Being discarded over and over? Then, Jesus offers her the living water. A provision that is never ending. Something that she could not earn or receive from her own hand or from a man. This water is quenching, lasting, cleansing and filling.
I’m thinking about my own life and how often I look to other people or things to provide and satisfy me. My own insecurities lead me to want to be accepted, loved and cared for by others. I can easily look to entertainment, food, shopping, or even my own abilities to satisfy a need that only Jesus can fill.
With Jesus I have purpose. I am accepted. With Jesus I am able. He provides for my every need. His presence gives me hope and peace. He strengthens me. He comforts me. He heals me. He cleanses me. He protects and defends me. He goes with me.
Thank you Lord, for the never ending, filling and always satisfying living water that flows through my life. I pray today that your presence would be with me and in me and that it would flow out of me to bring life to others. I pray today that my words and actions would bring life and hope to those around me. And let me never take the living water you give lightly. Thank you for the life it gives. Amen.
What is God speaking to you today in John 4? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
20 thoughts on “John 4: Living Water”
Two verses stuck out to me as simple reminders:
Verse 2 – “Though Jesus didn’t baptize them – His disciples didn’t.” We are equipped to do the work of the ministry. Also, as a leader, it is important for me to entrust ministry tasks to those serving alongside of me.
Verse 21 – “…it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.” Worship is worship and I don’t have to be at a certain place to worship. A great reminder that no matter where I’m at throughout my day, I can worship my Father!
I’m thankful for the perspective you shared Stasia. I never really looked at the woman so deeply. I can’t imagine how she felt, but I can relate better knowing that I’ve felt abandoned and discarded.. just not the same way. I’m grateful for the living water that Jesus offers her and all of us and the more I get to knowing Jesus, the better I understand about this living hope He offers. ❤️
“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.””
John 4:14 NIV
I can relate to this story. Being divorced, I remember that 24 yr old girl. She was sooo young! She thought that she had it all…but she had also put her relationship w/ God on the back burner.
(I am definitely Not proud of that, it is just what I did)
As I sat @ the bottom of my world…where I felt as everything had crashed in on top of me…that is where I met my Father again. And like the woman @ the well, I too received His Living Water!
He met me as I cried out and filled me with a healing that I had no idea I could ever feel! My heart was literally broken, and He put it back together!
Living Water was the prescription, and I’m so very Thankful my God, my Father gave it to me!
Thank You God for hearing our cries in the dark, and meeting us right where we are and with exactly what we need!
You are Living Water!!!
“Jesus answered, “If only you knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.””
John 4:10 GNB
“The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything.” Jesus answered, “I am he, I who am talking with you.””
John 4:25-26 GNB
I thought I was very familiar with this story, but today I had a revelation. Jesus came to save the Jews, but at this meeting at the well he revealed himself to all of us, and tells the woman “you would ask him, and he would give you life giving water.” I have always thought that it was St. Paul who was the first to bring non-Jews to Jesus, but Jesus himself opened that door on this day at the well, and set the example for His disciples. This Samaritan woman had been waiting for her messiah, trusting that He would reveal himself, and He did.
He revealed himself to someone other Jews would not even speak to. WHAT.A.WONDROUS.GIFT !
I love this story. It reminds me that redemption is available to all who ask, believe, and confess. John 4:24 spoke to me. The disciples were concerned with feeding Jesus. He says, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me to finish His work.” Lord help me to focus on why I here. We get so distracted working and meeting our physical needs (the flesh) that we forget our primary reason.
Verse 4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
On Jesus’ trip from Judea to Galilee the shortest route was through Samaria. However, most Jews would take a much longer route just to avoid the Samarians. There was much hate and animosity between these 2 groups of people and they did whatever was necessary to not intermingle with one another.
These prejudices did not cause Jesus to hesitate. He “had” to make His presence known in Samaria as in the other areas He was ministering.
How comforting to know that WHATEVER place or situation we find ourselves in, Jesus does not hesitate to meet us there. Throughout our society today we see much hate and prejudices. I pray that Jesus’ presence is recognized, because He is among us.
Yes, yes I second that for my life!
JESUS WAS IS AND ALWAYS SHALL BE THE SAVIOUR TO THE WORLD
Amen Mama Leigh!
John 4:13 Any one who drinks from this well will never be thirsty again. Thank you Jesus when we drink at your well we will never thirst again. Can you imagine how the woman felt when Jesus accepted her right where she was, even knowing her past, he accepted and loved her anyway. Even after all those men had threw her to the wayside, Jesus loved her and accepted her and gave her water to never thirst again. Thank you Jesus for accepting us right where we are.
When reading John 4, I was drawn to the reasons the people followed, or believed in Jesus. Some really got WHO He truly was, while others just wanted to watch what he did and said, and then you have the Pharisees, who where keeping tabs on His every move.
But the court official, really caught my eye. He came to Jesus to ask for Him to heal his son, who was dying. He asked Jesus to go to his home and heal his son. Jesus simply spoke ” Go home, your son lives. ” He obeyed on His Words alone. He was met by his servant as he went home. The news was that his son was alive and well. He inquired as to what time his fever broke. IT WAS AT THE MOMENT JESUS SPOKE THE WORDS “YOUR SON LIVES.” THE WORDS CAUSED HIS WHOLE HOUSE TO BELIEVE!
So we are taken back to John 1:1…..THE WORD…..
I pray I can grow each day to understand more and more who He truly is!
“Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.”
— John 4:50 NLT
Jesus commanded the man to go back home and told him his sick son would live. The man believed and started home. That takes major faith. He believed and obeyed and started home. How often we want to keep pleading with Jesus for an answer. We keep worrying over it. Had that been me, I would have wanted Jesus to come back with me. And yet the man decided to have faith and go home. And His faith was rewarded and he got news that his son was healed before he made it home.
I believe Jesus is looking for that same faith and obedience that we will just choose to trust Him.
Amen! Help me Lord to trust you and take you at your Word EVERY TIME!
John 4:15 The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst not come here to draw.
This Word spoke to me as someone who always wants to thirst and draw for the Word and love of God. When I think of thirst, I also think of desire. I want to always desire and yearn for God’s Word and love in my life. That I would always seek His will for my life, His Word to speak through me and His love to show to those around me.
My prayer is that I will always have they fire of God burning in me that I will thirst for Him and constantly go to the well of His Word to draw from Him. That I will always seek Him more and more every day. Drinking in His Word and His love as someone that thirst.