‘But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.’ John 4:14 NLT
Jesus asked the woman at the well for a drink of water. Surprised that a Jew would talk to a Samaritan, she asked Him why He was asking her for water. He replied: ‘If you knew…who I am, you would be asking me for…living water. Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst – not ever’ (vv. 10, 13-14 MSG). Notice the distinction between ‘this water’ and ‘the water I give.’ Jesus wasn’t discussing regional water qualities. He was talking about her five failed marriages and the man she was currently living with. The truth is, she had no idea how or where to find the satisfaction she’d thirsted for. One disappointing relationship after another; no matter how often she drank from ‘this water’ her thirst could not be satisfied. And her response to each failed relationship was another failed relationship – thinking, as we sometimes do, that doing more of what doesn’t work will eventually make it work. Jesus wasn’t criticising her lack of morals. Instead, He was offering her the only real cure for emptiness – a relationship with God. ‘Anyone who drinks the water…I give will never thirst again.’ Focusing our life on Jesus, spending time with Him, talking with Him, and ‘drinking in’ His Word every day will absolutely fill the void within us.