When the Samaritan Woman took her jar to the well she was seeking to fill up with water to quench her thirst. However, the satisfaction would only be temporary and before long she would be back at the well filling her jar again. I have no doubt that the correlation between the well water and what she was seeking to find in her relationships with men was lost on her. She was only seeking that which she thought she needed at the time.
Then she met Jesus.
After He shared the truth of the living water with her He asked her to fetch her husband. She was honest and told Him that she had no husband.
His response wasn’t condemnation or punishment. Instead, Jesus commended her for telling Him the truth.
Then He added…
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way” (John 4:23, NLT).
There have been many times in my life where I’ve sought to fill the thirsty places in my heart with something empty and short-lived. Every one of those instances has led to heartache and incredible pain. Jesus doesn’t want us attempting to quench the thirst that only He can satisfy. Instead, He offers a promise with hope. The only thing He asks of us is to come to Him with honest and open hearts. He wants us to tell Him the truth—that we need Him.
There is no need to live in shame for the past. Bring all your sin and shortcomings before Jesus and watch as He fills up the crevices of your heart to overflowing with living water. Abundant life awaits.