**Updated to include book of the Bible from which passage of scripture was taken**
1The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9The 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.[a])
10Jesus 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.”
11″Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:1-15 (NIV)
Yesterday I posted about our town’s water emergency. God turned this into a spiritual illustration for me.
Have you ever had a spiritual water emergency? I think the obvious answer is that all of us who are Christians had one before we came to know Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives. Those who still live in unbelief are in the middle of a water crisis even though they may not know it.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman in verse 10 of the above passage of scripture that He could give her living water. The woman does not understand that He is referring to Himself. Jesus goes on to say in vv. 13-14 that whoever drinks of the water from the well will thirst again, but those who drink the water He gives will never thirst.
The human body is made up largely of water. Men are comprised of 60 to 65 percent water while women are 50 to 60 percent water. Water is necessary for our survival. We can survive for only about a week or so in comfortable surroundings with little or no water. That isn’t a very long time. In short, without water, we will die.
It is no different for us spiritually. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” He IS the Living Water. Without Him, there will be no life for us eternally when our bodies leave this earth.
But God took this one step further with me. Even though I have the Living Water and my salvation is secure, I can still find myself in a different kind of “spiritual water emergency.” The kind that exists when I allow myself to become too busy and stop coming to His well to drink. Eventually, and it actually doesn’t take that long, my cup will become empty. I will have drained any reserve I had. My lips will become parched and cracked, my tongue swollen from the lack of spiritual hydration.
His well never runs dry. It is always there for me, but I must come and sit by it each day and drink my fill. Just as my physical body needs water to survive, so, too, does my soul need His Living Water to survive. Without either, I will surely die.
Is your soul in need of His refreshment today?