If we seek after God, we will find Him. But this begs the question, “What will we do when we find Him?” We’ve sought after Him with our whole heart and soul, so now what? If we’re smart, we’ll drink, and drink heartily, of the living water provided by Jesus.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
– John 4:10-14, NIV
When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, it must have come as quite a shock. Jews and Samaritans didn’t mix. Yet here was an obvious Jew talking with her. Moreover, here was Jesus proposing something that seemed unthinkable. He was saying He had water that never ran out. At first, she misunderstood, for the next verse, verse 15 is where she asked Jesus for the water He spoke of so she wouldn’t have to go back to draw water any longer. In other words, “You’ve got a way so I don’t have to work so hard? Great! Hit me with it!” Only after a further exchange did she come to understand that Jesus wasn’t an ordinary man. She called Him a prophet. He corrected her. He was the Messiah. And what He had to offer was more than the water that came out of that well or an endless physical water source. He had the gift of eternal life to give.
When we come to Jesus, we partake of that living water, that water which does not end. We enjoy the water which leads to eternal life. Think about what that means. There is nothing here on this earth that is eternal. Not our cars, not our houses, not our clothes, not our money, not our toys, and certainly not even our nations. But Jesus was promising life eternal. He was promising something that wouldn’t go away, something that would always be. As Christians we understand He was promising a relationship with Himself that would never end and a place in heaven. For all souls are eternal. But some will not spend eternity with Him. For those who do not choose to follow Jesus Christ and accept Him as Savior and Lord, they will find themselves in Hell.
But here’s the thing. Without Christ, that’s where we were all headed. With Christ, there is another way. With our Jesus there is living water that leads to eternal life. Like with the Samaritan woman, we didn’t do anything to deserve it, any more than she did. Jesus told her that if she understood the gift of God and who she was talking to, she would ask for the living water He would provide. We can do the same. And not just a one-time, “Thanks, Lord, for saving me,” type of experience. Rather, we can understand that we have this living water and we will never have to be thirsty for spiritual things again, for we have our Savior. And that can drive us and motivate us and encourage us to face each day, whatever the challenges may be. No hardship can take away this water. No problem can dry it up. No injustice or injury can cause us to be thirsty again, for He has provided that which we needed most: Himself. So when we find Him, we must drink. We must drink and remember. For when we do, we can stand against whatever comes our way. We can overcome with faith and trust in our Savior. And we can look forward to the eternal life He has promised, making the most of each day while He still has work for us to do here on earth, and eagerly anticipating when He will finally call us home.