Read John 4:4–14
Now [Jesus] had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
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.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Jesus draws a distinction here between the temporary (and yet still necessary) water of the earth and the soul-filling, eternally sustaining, living “water”—the Holy Spirit. Indeed, when we come to Jesus and rest in Him, receive His grace, and open ourselves to the life He offers, we are filled with the Holy Spirit—God’s very presence. And this presence not only fills us, but also quenches our thirst for the temporary things of this life, turning our attention to eternal things.
- Reflect on the temporary things in this life that you tend to get distracted by, focus on, or spend your time seeking. In what way are these things pulling your attention away from eternal things—like love, hope, and joy?
- Where are you sensing a metaphorical thirst in your life—a sense that something is missing and you’re longing for more? What do you sense God inviting you to consider, do, or stop doing based on today’s passage?
- Each time you drink water today, say a prayer for those in the world who don’t have water. To make your prayer more specific, pick a country or location where water is scarce and pray specifically for the children in that place.
Father, thank You for the living water of Your Holy Spirit. Open my eyes to see all the ways the Spirit is working in and through me, sustaining my ability to love and hope. Use me to show Your power, presence, and love to those around me so they too come to know this living water. Show me the ways You are asking me to help provide water to those in need in this world. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.