Living Water that Refreshes the Soul


The story of the Samaritan woman is a reminder of God’s unconditional love. Despite our background, ethnicity, and past sins, God has chosen to make us objects of his grace and mercy. The human heart has a thirst for something deeper; it’s a spiritual desire that oftentimes is mistaken for lesser things. The story of the Samaritan woman shows us how to quench our spiritual thirst. There are many empty wells that promise us lasting satisfaction. However, we soon find out that many of the worlds attractions end up being broken vessels that only hold momentary delights. We need to stop going back to the things that leave us empty and thirsty again. Jesus tells the Samaritan woman in the 4th chapter of John, verses 13-14:

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

It is clear that Jesus was not talking about the water that comes from a water fountain. This is water that refreshes the soul, with springs that stretch all the way to God’s abode in heaven. The spirit of God is the living water that fills us with the springs from which we derive our spiritual life and fullness of joy. Jesus is the living water that refreshes our souls and quenches our deepest desires.