The Woman At The Well

John 4: 15

1The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Most of us have heard the account of Jesus and the woman at the well. If not you can read it in John 4. For me, I always thought the main point was that it was one way Jesus showed that he didn’t come to earth just to save the Jews but for all people. But I admit the above verse always puzzled me. The woman at the well didn’t get it. Jesus was talking spiritually and she was thinking physically.

And I didn’t get it either.

Then I read a devotion the other day that explained it and I had one of those aha moments I often get when it comes to God’s Word. The devotion explained it this way. The woman at the well was thinking that Jesus would make her life easer because she wouldn’t need to come to the well any longer to satisfy her physical thirst. We often make that same mistake–we believe God should make our physical life easier.

But Jesus was talking about satisfying her spiritual needs when he talked of her never having to thirst again. Yes, we’re all concerned about the physical aspects of our life (our needs and our wants), but this episode with the woman at the well shows that Jesus (and therefore God wants) is more concerned about our spiritual needs–in other words our relationship with Him.

Of course there are plenty of instances that shows God is also concerned about our physical needs and wants and even that we should pray for such things. But this verse shows that we need to move beyond the physical and set our mind on the spiritual as well.

YOUR TURN: So what do you think? Do you agree with the author of my devotional book about this verse or do you have another interpretation?



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