As physical dehydration begins to take a serious toll on a person, several symptoms appear. Lethargy sets in as the body attempts to conserve the limited resources it has available. Vision tunnels to just that which is right before the individual. Judgment is skewed as a person is not able to mentally process everything that is taking place.
When this occurs, a person is in serious danger. While the symptoms can be overcome with proper hydration, the lack of energy, vision, and judgment creates a difficult climate for the person to help themselves.
Just as we were created physically to desire water, so too are we created spiritually. God created us with a need for spiritual water; only far too often we walk around spiritually dehydrated.
In John 4, we see an unusual encounter when Jesus approaches a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well near Sychar. This well was significant, because history tells us that this particular well, although 150 foot deep, never found a life spring of water. Over the years, this well became a cistern for the rain waters, and the waters running down the mountains nearby. This water, without the life of a spring, was stagnant water. It was dirty water. This water was not fit for human consumption. So why was this woman here to begin with?
First, scripture tells us it was the 6th hour of the day, or noon. This was not the time to draw water. The woman usually drew water in the mornings and again in the evenings. This gives us a glimpse of this Samaritan woman’s life.
Five husbands. Her current arrangement is frowned upon, because she’s now living with a man that is not her husband. It would be easy for us to surmise that this was an immoral woman. That she is paying for her mistakes and her sin. Until you realize that in her culture, she had no right to a divorce. It wasn’t by her choosing that her 5 previous husbands decided to leave her. It certainly wan’t her choice to be in the current relationship paradigm she was in. Yet, because of OTHER PEOPLE’S ACTIONS, this woman has to come to the well alone… at noon… and pull water from a dirty, filthy, disgusting well.
When Jesus finds her, he asks her to pour him a drink. Notice, Jesus was willing to drink the same water she drank from, in order to impact her life. I’m glad that we serve a High Priest who CAN be touched by the feelings of our infirmities!
She immediately rejects him. She’s wounded. She’s hurting. She’s been violated many times. She’s so wounded, that she perceives Jesus through the same lens as every other man who’s ever used her. That’s what unattended wounds will do. You will struggle understanding Jesus’ love and compassion, because your perception of Him will be jaded by the wounds of your past.
Jesus told her, “If you knew who it was that was talking to you, you would’ve asked him for a drink, and he would’ve given you living water.”
This woman was thirsty. Spiritually, emotionally, and mentally thirsty. The well that she’s at represented her entire life. Filth. Yet, every day she came back to that well hoping that today it would be different. Day after day, she returned to the dirty, disgusting well hoping to find something that would satisfy the thirst that was in her soul. Yet, everyday she walked away just as broken, and empty as she was when she came.
Maybe your well is failed relationships. Maybe your well is drugs or alcohol. Maybe it’s in validation seeking, and possession accumulation. Whatever it is that you are pouring yourself into to satisfy the thirstiness of your soul, has only left you just as broken, lost, and empty as you’ve ever been.
No truer words were ever spoken than when Jesus looked at this pitiful woman and said, “whoever drinks from that water, will be thirsty again!” That well can never satisfy you!
“…If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” – John 7:37-38 ESV
That woman at the well recognized her thirst could only be filled through an encounter with Jesus! So as a symbol of her finding living water, she left her water pot at the feet of Jesus! The water pot that connected her to her past… the water pot that symbolized her emptiness… she left it at His feet, because she doesn’t need a temporary fix any longer! She’s found living water!
You don’t have to live with your water pot. You can relinquish your hurt, your shame, your mistakes, your regrets, and your failures at His feet. Just acknowledge that you are thirsty… because Jesus is standing by with living water.
Every one of us are thirsty. What well we choose to drink from will determine if we are satisfied or not. There’s no well in this world that can satisfy a thirsty soul. Only an encounter with Jesus can give you living water. It’s yours. Receive it.