While reading through a recent devotional, I was struck by the author’s take on the life of the Samaritan woman, a passage I’ve read several times during this journey, and it brought some truths from my own life to mind. If you don’t know who the Samaritan woman is, we meet her (and it’s the only time we’ll see her) in the book of John, chapter 4. It’s there that Jesus brings to light the truth of the woman’s life.
In verse 16, He says to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
“I have no husband,” the woman responds (verse 17).
“You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband,’” Jesus says, “for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true” (verses 17b-18).
In reading Jesus’ response, an ouch with a bit of laughter may arise. But when we look deeper at the situation, we find that He wasn’t saying those things to poke fun at the woman or to try and tear her down, but that He was using the truths of her life to reveal a deep darkness that was there, and an emptiness that ran to the core of her very being, which could only be quenched with living water (cf. verse 10).
Like many of us today, especially those of us who’ve faced severe rejection, the Samaritan woman probably used relationships to try to fill the void she felt deep within. Not perceiving her real issue, patches (men) were used as a means to cover a hole that needed to be filled with Christ.
I’ve been there.
And, like the Samaritan woman, I found out, through Jesus’ intervention (and confronting of my sin), that everyone who drinks of worldly water (worldly things) will always thirst again. But whoever drinks of the water that Jesus gives will never thirst again.
Only living water, sisters, is sufficient to quench a deep-seated thirst.
Worldly accolades, men, sex, marriage, fulfilled desires—things the world tout for satisfaction—will never be enough to fulfill a longing that runs deep. Only the Creator of the universe, and of our very beings, who’s placed the longing within us, will satisfy. Once I got this truth deeply rooted into my heart and soul, through a real relationship with Jesus Christ and the studying of His Word, my life changed for the best. No longer did I need degrees, men, clothing, or anything else of this world to make me feel like somebody, nor did I need the “love” of a man to make me feel whole. Life truly took on a different meaning, and I knew that God was all I really needed (all along!).
With that being said, if you find yourself lamenting some part of your life today and feeling like you need something to make you whole and complete, know that that’s an untruth thrown about by the deceiver himself. Jesus, the author of truth, says in John 7:37, that “if anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” To Him. Why? Because He is our answer, and only He can truly satisfy.