“Living Water” (John 4: 10, HCSB) by Carley Evans

The gift of God of which the woman at the well is unaware stands before her and asks her for a drink of water. She knows enough of Jesus to realize He should not be asking her for anything for she is Samaritan and He is Jewish. Jesus should be avoiding her and her entire geographic region; but He is not. Instead, He is come to make her acquaintance and to ask for her assistance and to give her the greatest gift ever — living water. This water He gives quenches her thirst, meets all her needs at every level of her being. She will never want again as long as she accepts His gift — and His gift is Himself. He is the Living Water.

Come now, let us reason together: God is giving Himself to you. Won’t you take His drink and never thirst again?

“In Living Water” (Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8, HCSB) by Carley Evans

The negative is presented first — “the man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart from the Lord is cursed. He is like a juniper in the Arabah; he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives.” (Jeremiah 17: 5 – 6)

Cursed is the one who puts his trust in mankind. This man is cursed even when good circumstances surround him. He is incapable of appreciating the good in his life.

Blessed is the one who puts his trust in the Lord. “He is like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots outward toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It does not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.”

The blessings come despite outward circumstances because the root is watered by the stream — Jesus is living water. Despite difficult situations in life, the man who trusts in God appreciates the good within.

Rejoice in the Lord! I say it again, rejoice you who trust in the Lord!

“He Seeks Us” (John 4: 24, ESV) by Carley Evans

At Jacob’s well Jesus tells the woman of Samaria that “the Father is seeking such people to worship Him;” people who worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” God seeks people to worship Him in spirit because He is spirit. He seeks people to worship Him in truth because He is the truth.

Jesus seeks out this woman who has had five different ‘husbands.’ He seeks her out by asking her, “Give Me a drink.” (John 4: 7) She knows how odd this is, that a Jewish man would approach a Samaritan woman. Jesus tells her pointedly that He is the “gift of God;” that He is “living water.” He tells her: “the water that I will give [you] will become in [you] a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 14)

Jesus tells her that it is not the location where we worship that matters — whether “on this mountain [or] in Jerusalem.” (John 4: 21) Instead, we worship God in the heart, in the mind, in the spirit because God dwells within His people.

Jesus’ disciples “marvel that he is talking with a woman, but no one says, ‘What do You seek?’ or ‘Why are You talking with her?’

What is Jesus seeking? Why does He speak with this woman — with this Samaritan woman?

“You worship what you do not know,” He tells her. (John 4: 22) Yet, He says, the day has arrived when “the true worshipers worship the Father in spirit and truth.” (John 4: 23)

You, He tells her, are a true worshiper if you accept this truth I give to you: “I who speak to you am He [the Messiah]” who “tells you all things.” (John 4: 26, 25)