Glimpses of Grace
John 4:4-26 is the story of an encounter Jesus had with a Samaritan woman. The meeting takes place at a well on a plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
This was an important event that would change this woman's heart. It would also reveal the truth of who Jesus was and the gift that could be had by all through belief in the Father. It shows how God knows everything about each of His children. When Jesus was able to see into the woman's heart and lovingly expose her sin, she was immediately transformed. By drinking the living water, the Samaritan woman was born again. Living water represents not that which we drink physically, but that which we take in spiritually.
The Samaritan woman began asking questions after Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?" Her first reaction is one of shock that a Jew would speak to a Samaritan woman. Jesus told her of the significance of living water. She became curious about the living water He described and asked that it be given to her so she would never thirst again.
The more Jesus revealed her life to her the more she began to understand who He was. It was holding up a mirror that reflected light directly into her sinful life.
In reading those words I allowed Jesus to come inside my heart and to reveal my sins. This led me to the Father. I embraced the truth that no matter what ugly secrets I had in my past, no matter what sins I had committed and no matter how broken I was, God could change me with His living water. I was able to see myself in this Samaritan woman. Her sins represented the sins of my past. This showed my great need for "Living water."
I believe the living water symbolizes what each of us need. We live in a world that feeds us lies from an enemy trying to convince us that our fleshly, sinful nature is okay to live by. This will never quench our true thirst. We were created to be in relationship with a God who designed us and to live free from the bondages of sin. Our fall began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. God so loved us that He made a way for us to be redeemed.
The question is; can your dehydrated and longing spirit allow Jesus to come in and quench that thirst?
John 4:14, " But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again."