Finding Living Water

Jesus always saw personal conflicts as an opportunity to preach the good news. Avoiding some-

one because of hurt feelings (usually unresolved issues) or for reasons of dislike, anger, or just not being compatible, was never what Jesus would have allowed or encouraged. Why is it so easy for us to fall into these slumps of conflict, thus diminishing our efforts to preach the Gospel to the lost? In His dealings with the Samaritan woman it would've been much easier to avoid Samaria, as was customary for Jews due to their dislike of the Samaritan people, but Jesus knew that reaching all people is what the Gospel commands us to do. Jesus breaks all of those barriers and instead of going around Samaria, He travels straight through Samaria. His conversation with the Samar- itan woman begins with Jesus asking her, "Give me something to drink." He said to her, “If you knew who it was who said to you give me a drink, you would have said to me, give me this water, and I would have given you living water.” She sees all of the obstacles that need to be overcome for her to believe what He is saying to her.


Do you know people like that? They will tell you 100 reasons why you can't accomplish something. They are focused on problems rather than solutions to the problems. This woman was like that.

Jesus says to her, "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.” The good news is she seems to get it when she says, "I don't ever want to be thirsty again, and I don't ever want to have to come to this place at this hour of the day, where I'm an outcast.” I want a place where I can drink, and where I can be welcomed, and where I can be at peace. She said, “Give me this water.”


We are never satisfied in our own ambitions and desires. Only Jesus can give us what we need,

and that is living water that brings us life.

Jim Letizia