Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Written by: James Rogers
In today’s passage, we find Jesus engaging with a woman at a well. As he spoke to her, he mentioned a gift God had for her. He also spoke with her about her search for meaning and fulfillment. She had been married and divorced five times and was now living with a guy who was not her husband. She kept looking for love and fulfillment in relationships and wasn’t finding it. In contrast, Jesus offered her living water that would satisfy her soul. What is this living water he was offering?
In the book of Jeremiah, God tells the Israelites: “For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:16). This was an accusation, for the Jewish people had left God and turned to worthless idols that could not satisfy their souls. Over and over, they would trade God in for worthless fantasies.
The living water is the love, grace, mercy, acceptance, and peace that comes from a relationship with God. God wants to be our source and our fulfillment, but we keep turning away. We keep going after broken cisterns that hold no water. We keep chasing the wind. Have you ever hoped that a job, a person, a vacation, or something else would leave you fulfilled only to find that it failed to produce lasting satisfaction? Welcome to the human condition.
Thought of the day: What in your life have you replaced God with? Maybe it’s your career or your kids; perhaps it’s a relationship or a hobby. Maybe it is a secret habit you keep under wraps. Jesus is saying to us: “The broken cisterns will always fail you; they can’t hold water, but come to me and I will give you water that will satisfy your soul.” If this resonates with you, I would encourage you to begin having a conversation with God about the things that you put in front of him. Spend time with Jesus today and ask him to be your living water. If you feel stuck, or if you need a place to go and sort this out, consider attending Celebrate Recovery (CR). CR is a place where you can tackle your hurts, habits, and hang-ups with other people like you who have found living water.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to see when I am chasing after the broken cisterns. Help me focus on You. Thank You for being my fountain of living water that actually satisfies. Bless You, Lord. Amen!