The Samaritan woman


September 11
John 4:1-14

Living water

When Jesus and His disciples left Judea and headed back to Galilee, they had to go through the countryside of Samaria. At midday, Jesus rested at a well while His disciples went off to buy food in the small town.

Just then, a woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

The woman was surprised that Jesus spoke to her because He was a Jew, and she was a Samaritan (Samaritans were hated by Jews). “Why do you ask me for a drink?”

Jesus said, “If you knew about the gift of God and who can give you this gift, you would have asked Him and He would have given you Living Water.”

“Where would you get this Living Water?” she asked.

“Everyone who drinks of this water [from the well] will be thirsty again,” Jesus replied, “but everyone who drinks of the water I give him will never be thirsty again!”

Can one drink Living Water?

Have you ever been really thirsty—so thirsty that your tongue feels completely dry? God created each person with a spirit that is ‘thirsty’ to know Him and that longs to have a relationship with Him (see Psalm 42:1). Only Jesus can take away that thirst by giving us Living Water: the Holy Spirit who comes to live in us.

Some people, like the woman at the well, try to satisfy their thirst for God in ways that aren’t right, and so their spirits stay thirsty. When Jesus told the woman about the life-giving water He gives, she wondered whether this water was like the water she drew from the well every day. But the Living Water Jesus spoke of is not the water one pours into a glass; it is the unseen Spirit He pours into our lives (Acts 2:17).

Verse for today 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6