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Monday, April 28, 2014

John 4:3-14 Thought/Prayer:  He Was Mad.  Topics:  2 at end.

“He left Judaea and returned to Galilee. His road lay through Samaria, and so He came to Sychar, a town in Samaria near the piece of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s Well was there: and accordingly Jesus, tired out with His journey, sat down by the well to rest. It was about six o’clock in the evening.

“Presently there came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus asked her to give Him some water; for His disciples were gone to the town to buy provisions. ‘How is it,’ replied the woman, ‘that a Jew like you asks me, who am a woman and a Samaritan, for water?’ (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) ‘If you had known God’s free gift,’ replied Jesus, ‘and who it is that said to you, “Give me some water,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ ‘Sir,’ she said, ‘you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; so where can you get the living water from? Are you greater than our forefather Jacob, who gave us the well, and himself drank from it, as did also his sons and his cattle?’ ‘Every one,’ replied Jesus, ‘who drinks any of this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks any of the water that I shall give him will never, never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become a fountain within him of water springing up for the Life of the Ages.’”  WEY (Read this scripture and more at

The toddler was angry.  Plain and outright mad.  About something.  No one had figured out what it was; but he was flailing mad; screeching, stiffening, yelling mad; loud mad.  Furious.

His mom and dad, along with his two grade-school-aged sisters, had stopped by for a few minutes, and their drive over had been terribly unpleasant!  Nothing helped this ongoing tantrum.  He was miserable, as was everyone in his presence.

But, suddenly, everything got just A-OK with him.  He was sweet, smiley, and hunky-dory charming.  Ready to take on life with a grin.  So . . . What happened!?

Water.  Big gulps of water.  Surely never did a child drink so much water so fast.  Mother held the cup while he emptied it greedily.  And then drank more.  He would’ve won someone’s “guzzling” contest, no contest.  He was thirsty.  VERY thirsty.

His mother knew he might be thirsty because of the way their afternoon had gone.  This is why she asked for a glass of water.  Well, he proved her right!  And the switch in mood was spectacular.  From the guzzling on, he was a sweet toddler enjoying what toddlers do . . . walk around and explore everything.  He was just a most pleasant little guy.  Cute, too.

It was a very apparent representation, to me, of the need we humans have for water . . . but in a different way:  We need the water of life that Jesus brings us.  We may not realize that we need it until we get into such a thirst for Him that we cannot ignore it.  This little friend could not ignore his need for a drink.  The need had to be filled.  He had to be filled with water.  Physically, we can go without food longer than we can do without water.  To see this boy’s need for water could prove that!  His body – speaking in his body language—needed that drink.

So do we, and the water that Jesus offers brings the same results as with this small boy:  We are refreshed; and we see life in a whole new way.  And, in the far reaches of this application, our lives are saved.  If a human does not get water in time, life is cut off.  And, in the spiritual application here, if we do not get the water from Jesus, we die a spiritual death.  And we miss out on walking around to explore another place:  Heaven.

No, I’m not glad that this child had such a thirst.  But I am glad for the image it presented, of a spiritual nature.  Jesus brings us the refreshing, life-giving water of life.  Someone offered it to us; and we now believe.  We must offer it to others just as this little boy’s mother and I did.  The value of this act is incalculable.  But only incalculable because we sometimes don’t know the outcome of our offers of Jesus’ water of life.  But when we do see someone drink of His water and are around to witness the change, it is . . .well,  miraculous.  Lord, help us to keep on offering and keep on offering these cups.

Topics:  Pray to always have the drink of Jesus’ water ready for any thirsty soul we meet.  The water of life may be just what some mother needs to decide for LIFE for her baby.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 04/28 at 03:17 PM
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