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STRANGER AT JACOB'S WELL
The women at Shechem came with their pots each morning to Jacob’s well. Though they filled every pot to the brim, the water was soon used up or evaporated under the sun’s burning heat.
But one day, when the sun had reached its zenith (not the usual hour for drawing water), one solitary woman came to the well. She was used to coming to the well alone; she rarely found anyone else there. But today was different for she saw a
stranger sitting on the rough stones, as if he was waiting for someone.
As they began talking, the stranger offered her something better than the water she came for. He offered her a drink, one that would fill her so completely that no ordinary water would satisfy her again.
The stranger said, “Whoever drinks of this water [the water from Jacob’s well] will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13,14).
Of course, this stranger was Jesus. No one in Shechem had heard of Him, but here He was, offering her Living Water, a taste of the Lord Himself!
Jesus knew that one sip of His water wouldn’t be enough. But once she had tasted it, her thirsty heart would ever long for more. And that sip would change into a well with springs that would never run dry. It would wash away her sins and quench her thirst for something better so she could be a pure daughter of God.
When we come with our water pots to Jesus, He will do the same for us. His Living Water will quench our dry and thirsty souls. And our well will never run dry because we’ll return to the well to be with Jesus, always longing for more of His love and grace. We’ll never be satisfied until we shall see Him face to face.
The more time we spend at the feet of Jesus, the more we will want Him. Isn’t it that way when we’re in love? When my husband and I were dating, we saw each other every day. Before we went to sleep at night, we spoke for hours on the phone. We shared love letters with each other in the morning, filled with our love and prayers. But it still wasn’t enough! We longed to live together as husband and wife, so we could share a life together.
Shouldn’t it be the same with Jesus? Heaven is too far away. We can’t wait til then to enjoy sweet communion with our Lord! Our hearts must embrace Him now. We need Him beside us, to be foremost in our thoughts and prayers.
“The heart that has once tasted the love of Christ cries out continually for a deeper draft, and as you impart, you will receive in richer and more abundant measure. Every revelation of God to the soul increases [our] capacity to know and to love. The continual cry of the heart is “More of Thee,” and ever the Spirit’s answer is “Much more!” (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 20)
When we taste Christ’s Living Water through His Word, nothing will be more important to us. Jesus will no longer be like a stranger at the well. He will be the number one Love of our life. And every day, we’ll come to Him to have our water pot filled to the brim, that we may have Living Water for us and to share with everyone around us. Because once you have tasted the Living Water, you really can’t keep it to yourself. You have to pass it on to your family and friends! And the more we give, the more we will receive. For the well never runs dry.
The woman who met Jesus at the well event-ually left her water pot there. She went into the city and told the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:28,29) “Her words touched their hearts. There was a new expression on her face, a change in her whole appearance. They were interested to see Jesus” (The Desire of Ages, p. 191).
What happened in Shechem will happen in our neighborhoods when we taste Christ’s Living Water for ourselves. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8)
FOR DEEPER BLESSINGS
* Read John 4:1-30
* Read The Desire of Ages, pp. 183-192