The woman asked the Lord if He thought He was smarter and better than the famous patriarch Jacob who had dug the very well He was sitting on? Where was there a stream? Was He going to dig deeper than the 150 feet of this well? And what was He going to get the water with?
The woman kept speaking on the earthly plane, about running water, but Jesus persevered in talking on the spiritual plane, understanding her cynicism and her soul hunger. He explained that the water He was talking about wasn’t just regular water
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:13-14 ESV)
Jesus was talking about God’s Holy Spirit, God’s very life being put into her inner being through faith in Him. The spring of living water would be inside her, and she would have a fresh source of life-giving water day and night.
That sounded fantastic to her
The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water."(John 4:15 ESV)
It’s hard to tell if she understood what Jesus was talking about, or if she was still thinking about regular, earthly water. But either way, she believed Jesus, and she was interested in what He had to offer her. She didn’t have a lot of knowledge, but she was teachable and open to the truth.
--> How teachable and open minded are you and I? How much do you and I miss because we’re not willing to entertain a new idea that’s different than what we always thought?
Only Jesus’ living water truly satisfies
The Samaritan woman had to walk a half mile every day to Jacob’s well to get water. Every day that jug would empty out eventually, as she used the water, and back she would have to go to get more.
Think of all the things in life that promise to satisfy --
* A good job, a good relationship, a good family, good children, good possessions, good source of money.
* If only we had a bigger house, or a maid, or new car.
* If only we could get into that club, or buy at that store, or be included with those people.
That’s earthly water. None of that lasts. Jobs change; people grow old and die, or move on; material things are subject to decay, theft, fires, floods. What earthly thing have you been counting on to satisfy your soul hunger?
Only what God offers lasts. The spring of living water is God’s life which not only lasts, but it stays the same quality forever, rich, refreshing, profoundly meaningful, infinitely exciting life. Eternal life is saturated with God’s own love, joy and peace springing up within you like a spring of living water.