Do you ever find yourself seeking satisfaction from material items, instead of God, only to end up just as empty and unfulfilled as before? In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate results that we get when we fill ourselves with food, money, success, or other people’s approval and affection. Yet, the need for love is not so easily filled. No matter how many ways we try to find it, if we are not seeking it from God, we will always end up with a dry well, again.

In John 4, Jesus met a Samarian woman who had tried just about everything to find and keep the ultimate joy we all desire. Her burdens had become so great, and her reputation so well-known, that she had all but given up hope of ever truly quenching her thirst for a fulfilling life.

When Jesus met the woman, who had gone to great lengths to avoid any human contact, He immediately engaged her. The woman was surprised – during this time, Jews and Samarians did not associate, and her poor reputation had alienated her from her own people. But God set up this encounter for a reason – He wanted to satisfy her thirst for happiness and heal her from the hurt she had experienced.

Jesus asked the woman for a drink from the well, and the woman’s response was to immediately question his motives. She didn’t understand why He would hang out at the well just for a quick drink of water. She didn’t realize Who she was talking to:

“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?” (John 4:11-12, NKJV)

It’s easy to pray to God for a way out of a situation, but when God asks for something in return, we often begin to doubt Him. What we need to remember is that when God asks you to give Him something, it’s because He wants to give you something in return! When God tells you to let go of something, do you trust that He’s doing it with your best in mind?

Jesus promised the woman a water that would never make her thirst again (John 4:13-14). It is here that the woman began to realize that she wasn’t dealing with an ordinary man. She was tired of sacrificing her future blessings for the immediate gratification.

We all have places that we don’t want to go back to, and we all have burdens that we want to let go of. This woman had been carrying her water pot every day, desperately seeking attention from the men she met, and always ending up emptier than before. She finally decided to leave the water pot behind and was filled with living water.

If you really want to know Jesus, you must be willing to leave some things behind. Once we open ourselves up to what God has to offer, He will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20, NKJV). At the end of her encounter with Jesus, this Samarian woman traded in the temporal for the everlasting. Are you ready to do the same? Are you willing to put your water pot down at Jesus’ feet and accept all that He has for you…His love, His acceptance, His peace, His joy, His provision? Jesus is willing and able, but you first, must be willing to leave it all behind and follow Him!

Living in His Grace and Peace,

Derek Grier

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