Millions of people everywhere have long felt that something was missing from their lives. In pursuit of that elusive “something” many like King Solomon have sought to find that missing ingredient to life in music, art, pleasure, travel, work and other endeavours. Surprisingly, the achievements gained from these various pursuits have not satisfied that missing element in their lives. So life for the majority has become an endless but vain quest to find living water that will satisfy their weary souls.
Jesus in one of his trips from Judea to Galilee had to pass through Samaria. The journey was a long one, and the sun was probably warm that day. About noon that day he decided to take a rest near a well while his disciples went to a nearby village to purchase some food. While Jesus was there all alone, a Samaritan came to the well to fetch water for her household. Jesus politely asked her to give him a drink of water. She was surprised that a request like this had come from a Jew. Her recollection of Jews was that they had no regard for Samaritans. Jews regarded themselves as peculiar and looked on others as being inferior to them. Putting that difference aside, the woman would have given Jesus the water, but he had nothing with which to draw the water (John 4:1-9).
Jesus said to the woman, “If you knew who I was you would ask me for living water. When you drink that living water, you will never thirst again.” The woman replied, “Give me that water so I would not have to come here to get water all the time.” Jesus asked her to go and return with her husband. She told Jesus that she did not have a husband. Jesus started telling the woman the story of her life. She ran back to her village and informed the people about the Christ she had met and the things he had told her. After coming and listening to Jesus, the whole community became convinced that he was the Christ spoken of by the Hebrew prophets (John 4:10-42). They believed he was the Messiah and received the living water.
The missing ingredient that people are searching for is the living water which Jesus introduced to the Samaritan woman. He said it would be “a spring of water welling up to eternal life”(John 4:14.
“If anyone is thirsty let him come and drink. Whosoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” John (7:37-38).
Jesus Christ is the fount of living water. He will refuse none who come to him thirsty and weary. The prophet Isaiah foretold that living water (salvation) would be freely available for the taking.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost” (Isa. 55:1).
Jesus offers eternal life to all who are weary, restless and worn out struggling to find that dream that would make life abundantly happy. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will have salvation. Come to Jesus, for he is the only one who can give you life eternal (living water). Your soul will be satisfied with him, and there will be no further need to chase after empty pursuits.