“There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, give me to drink. For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat. Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, how is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?”
For anyone who is serious about becoming more like Jesus, this exchange between Him and the woman at the well in Sychar is a conversation to study …..
Jesus’ opening line, “give me a drink” may read rather abruptly, but the woman’s reply reveals that His tone was a genuine request rather than an order …. “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?”
Her response could have been taken by Jesus as a personal affront. But He was not put off. When she asked, in effect, “Why are You talking to me?” His answer took the conversation to a whole new level: “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘give me a drink’, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Jesus was basically saying, “You hesitate to give Me water I deserve; but I am not going to hesitate to give you living water you don’t deserve.” What an awesome way of expressing what He might also say to each of us: “You hold back your life from Me, when I freely gave mine for you and I am freely offering you eternal life.”
The Samaritan woman didn’t have this insight; she did not realize what He was telling her. She lacked the knowledge of two things: the gift of God and the identity of the One with whom she spoke. Her focus was on the impossibility of drawing water from a deep well without a bucket. She revealed she was stuck in the physical realm. Jesus wanted to give her a spiritual reality, but she couldn’t think beyond her immediate circumstances. How sad …
How often have we been stuck on what’s going on around us when the Lord is trying to take us into a spiritual reality? How often do we limit God to the ways and means we can see rather than remembering who He is? It’s so easy to have our attention focused on earth and glance at heaven, instead of fixing our eyes on the final prize and leaving the world to our peripheral vision. This woman shows us how we often miss the spiritual point ….
How often do you do the same thing? How carefully are you listening and watching for God’s efforts to speak into your life? You’re in the middle of a busy, hectic day; going a thousand miles an hour, and God is trying to get your attention, trying to take you to the mat with the full weight of who He is. Can you not hear Him calling??
God has something better for you. He wants to draw your focus beyond the immediate and obvious, to the eternal and less-than-apparent. If your soul is thirsty, if you’re not hearing from the Lord or seeing Him at work, but you want to, maybe it’s time to slow down and pay attention ….
In summary; God can breakthrough the mundane to give you a sudden awareness of Him if you are keenly aware of His presence urging you onto something deeper. I encourage you not to limit Him by assuming that He can only work with what you have. He is able to accomplish things far above anything we could ever imagine. Are you thirsty?? Come and drink …
“Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Let us pray ~
Heavenly Father; I want my eyes to be more open and my heart more tuned to hear Your voice. Help me listen for Your true and eternal Word among the lies and distractions that surround me. Keep me keenly aware that the life that You have for me goes beyond my physical senses, and You invite me to fix my eyes and my mind on things in heaven, and not on the things in earth. Thank You for drawing me into Your presence. All this I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.