Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” – John 4:10
Thirst according to Webster’s dictionary is a sensation of dryness in the mouth and in the throat associated with the desire for liquid. It also means a passionate desire and longing for something.
In this account, Jesus pointed to the Samaritan woman that though thirsty, the satisfaction she got drinking from the physical well was only momentary and she would make countless returns to quench her thirst afterwards. This gives credence to the fact that physical thirst is insatiable.
The ‘well’ here is symbolic of everything we long for satisfaction but only end as pacification: things we seek to validate our essence and self-esteem, things to which we tie our sense of worth and significance in hope that they will satisfy our inner thirst, but turn otherwise, e.g. a relationship, money, fashion, friends, a job, earthly goods, network of connections, etc.
In John 7:37, Jesus throws a free offer to everyone who thirsts to come to Him for a drink. The water He gives us is the Holy Spirit, not from a well from which we draw with a bucket, but a spring which gushes from within and never runs dry. Our souls then should not be mere wells but fountains that spring and bubble up the water of life from within.
Consequently, true satisfaction in life comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit within you, not with the acquisition of ‘things’ you seek without. If your sense of worth is not so derived, you will never be satisfied, rather you will continuously draw from those wells of temporal satisfaction. Jesus can and will satisfy your deepest longing through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life; drink from Him.
+ Pray for a sincere thirst to pursue the things that really matter to satisfy your longing soul.
+ Pray that out of your heart will flow rivers of living water as you drink from the well of living water.