When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
I was struck by Jesus’ statement to the Samaritan woman where He says, “If you knew the gift God has for you and who are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” I love that Jesus is so confident in the fact that His refreshment and satisfaction is infinitely greater than the temporary satisfaction we can receive from any earthly wells we go to. If we only knew that the fulfillment our souls long for is found in Jesus, we would forsake all other earthly wells that can only satisfy us temporarily.
Yes, it’s so interesting that she approached Jesus as if He was the needy one when in fact it was her that was in need. She was the one that was thirsty, a thirst that this world could never satisfy. It’s similar to how I come to God — I think somehow, if I do something for Him, He will be pleased with me when in fact Jesus wants me to first receive His living water so I actually have something to give to others.
Living water actually means running water in contrast to still water or cistern water, meaning it’s never contaminated, It’s always fresh, pure, active and flowing. The issue is therefore are our hearts being positioned to receive. The river of God is always flowing from HIs throne of Grace — it is never lacking. If I am dry I need to realize that God doesn’t have a giving problem, I have a receiving problem. If we only knew the gift…