There Is No Other Stream

So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:5-10

Jesus invited the woman to come and drink living water. Jesus was pointing out that whenever we try to find esteem, pleasure, significance, or anything else besides him we will be wanting more. “You will be thirsty again”, he says. You will only find temporary relief if you revisit your favorite escape and “drink the water.” In time, nothing will relieve your thirst.

Seeking comfort in things of this world may feel good for a time. In the end, they will tighten their grip on us so that we are enslaved to them.

C S Lewis has a great illustration of this in his book The Silver Chair

“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion.
“I am dying of thirst,” said Jill.
“Then drink,” said the Lion.
“May I — could I — would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
“Will you promise not to — do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.
“I make no promise,” said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
“Do you eat girls?” she said.
“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.
“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.
“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”
“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

Today I will go to Christ to receive what I can never receive in this world. Today I will drink from streams of living water.

Father God, I know there are no other stream that will satisfy my thirst. You are the only source of living water. I will turn only to you to be replenished. Thank you for giving me your live and purpose. Amen.

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