Come to the Well

I like to drink a lot of water. I drink Coffee, Soda, juice, but my favorite is cold water. Nothing refreshes like it. Some morning when I get up the first thing I go for is a cold glass of water. It hydrates, it brings life, and it wakes me up. H20. A brilliant invention of God.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus says that if we “drink the water He gives we will never be thirsty” (Jn. 4:14). Jesus says this to the Samaritan woman. She comes to the well, dragging her shame. She had five husbands and Jesus pointed out that the one she was with now was not her husband. Notice how he didn’t minimize or ignore sin, but He didn’t condemn her either. Why? Because He knows what our souls long for.
We spend our lives chasing after things that make us more thirsty. We drink the world’s salt water thinking that it will quench our thirst, and it does—momentarily; however, after a while, the salt water becomes lethal and we can dehydrate and die. Jesus tells this woman, and us, that He gives the water we need, but we keep on searching. He’s done all the work, but we try and work harder. He cries out to us that when we are running on empty, when we are at the lowest parts, when we know there is more—He tells us to come to the well.
What’s at the well? Water. Living water that will cause springs of eternal life to well up within us. Jesus says “Come to the well.” Why? Because all who thirst will thirst no more. All those restless souls who are searching will find what their souls long for. Jesus says, “Leave it all behind and drink from my well.”
Leave it all behind. What a novel idea, right? What’s that look like? Jesus says “bring me your heart, no matter how many pieces it is in. Come as you are—there’s no dress code. Bring your life—all your baggage, all you hurts, fears, worries, and sin…and bring it to me (Matt. 11:28). He says, “come rest in my arms awhile, restless child.” You can keep searching and looking, but you will never truly be satisfied. The emptiness just doesn’t listen because nothing can satisfy. Just come to the well.
God tells us, “Come, everyone who thirsts, ​​​​​​​come to the waters; ​​​​​​​and he who has no money, ​​​​​​​come, buy and eat! ​​​​​​​Come, buy wine and milk ​​​​​​​without money and without price. ​​​2​​​​​​​​Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, ​​​​​​​and your labor for that which does not satisfy? ​​​​​​​Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, ​​​​​​​and delight yourselves in rich food. ​​​3​​​​​​​​Incline your ear, and come to me; ​​​​​​​hear, that your soul may live; ​​​​​​​and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, ​​​​​​​my steadfast, sure love for David” (Is. 55:1-3, ESV). How compassionate! How amazing! How much love is found in Jesus Christ, the Living Water.
Are you thirsty? Come to the well of the Lord. Come drink your fill—come taste and see that the Lord is good. Leave it all behind—your habit, your secret sin, your low self-esteem, your pursuit of perfection, your fear of rejects, your search for temporary pleasure. Leave your pure and empty religion for a relationship with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords who seeks after you with a relentless kind of love.
I want to challenge you this week to drink of this living water. Ask God to show you what you need to leave behind. Ask the Father how to help you come to the well. God promises that if you come to Him you will be satisfied, you will never go thirsty again and that you will be His child. All you have to do is come to the well. Just something to think about. – Scott

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