Jn.4:10 – Jesus replied to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

I often think of what Jesus said to this woman at the well in Samaria. He said if you knew the gift of God… then He began to talk about living water. This living water is God Himself. That is the shocking truth Jesus introduced in Samaria of all places. This woman had God Himself in the person of the Son standing right in front of her offering her living water which was also God, the third person of the trinity the blessed Holy Spirit. This offer is the key to life itself. Having a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord is the place we find spiritual satisfaction. We are thirsty, whether we realize it or not, our souls long for this living water. This is how Barclay describes this.

“But the Jews had another way of using the word water. They often spoke of the thirst of the soul for God; and they often spoke of quenching that thirst with living water. Jesus was not using terms that were bound to be misunderstood; he was using terms that anyone with spiritual insight should have understood. In the Book of Revelation, that promise is: ‘To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life’ (Revelation 21:6). The Lamb is to lead them to springs of living waters (Revelation 7:17). The promise was that the chosen people would draw water with joy from the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3). The psalmist spoke of his soul being thirsty for the living God (Psalm 42:1). God’s promise was: ‘I will pour water on the thirsty land”(Isaiah 44:3). The summons was that everyone who was thirsty should come to the waters and freely drink (Isaiah 55:1).”

One of the amazing things about this story was the fact that the answers this sad woman in Samaria was looking for was right in front of her. This story is all of our stories. Jesus is nearer than we can imagine, He is literally right in front of you. Opening our lives to Him opens our world up to His refreshing streams. The Holy Spirit is like cool water on a hot summer day. He still gives water to the thirsty, He has living water to satisfy our thirsty souls.

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