Dehydrated

Just as there are many things that can make us physically dehydrated, there are many things that can make us spiritually dry and dehydrated as well. The woman at the well is a perfect example of this.

John 4:1-26

A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah

Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 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.”

11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 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.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

The woman went to go draw water, and the scripture was specific what time It was, she went at this time because it was the hottest part of the day and she knew no one would be around.

Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

She was so ashamed that she was even taken back that Jesus was even talking to her.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

She did not want people to be around because she was ashamed that she had five husbands, and the man she was with was not her husband. She had enough of the others ridicule so she waited. She must have been so thirsty after waiting all day to get a drink, unable to do so due to shame. However she continues to talk to Jesus, and he lets her know some things.

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 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.”

At this point the woman is down and out in her life so when Jesus lets her know, she is finally at the place where she wants to not only, quit going to the well at the hottest part of the day, she wants to quit going to the well altogether.

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

So Jesus instructs her how to have the living water, by worshiping in the spirit and in truth.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

 

This scripture has always spoke to me about how we can often dehydrate our faith by doing things that we know go against gods word, and how we often times try to re-hydrate with things other than Jesus. How we continue to drink from the well and not from the living water.

Like for example, I had become ashamed of many of the things I had done with my life and was drinking from all kinds of wells.(trying to self medicate) Women, alcohol, even drugs occasionally, but I found when I was doing these things,  when I wasn’t drinking from the living water  I was growing more and more ashamed, and more and more thirsty, but it wasn’t until I drank again from the living water that the shame was chipped off of me and I was healed of many things. I understand now that there is no substitute for Jesus’ love, that there is no substitute for Living Water.

My prayer to all who read this is, that if you are someone you know is drinking from the well of the world to try and solve there problems that they may understand how to drink the water of life, and if they don’t know how that they may understand Jesus, who he is, what he has done, and accept his love, and that we know we may all fall down sometimes and grow thirsty as well, but we stand on the knowledge that he is always there offering his cup of living water so that we may thirst no more, but that we may all feel the water of life flow through our veins.

 

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