The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” (John 4:28-29 NLT)
In Biblical times the well was a place where men met their potential wives (e.g., Jacob and Rachel, Moses and Zipporah, etc.). So the fact that Jesus met the Samaritan woman (who had been married five times and was living with a man who wasn’t her husband) at the well, spoke of His invitation to become, in a sense, her spiritual husband, her true source of love. After a sermon on the Samaritan woman at the well, a married woman who had been sitting behind me jokingly asked, “So are you going to go to the well?” “Only if Jesus is there,” I told her (and I wasn’t joking!).
“The woman left her water jar.” From one disappointing relationship to another, the Samaritan woman’s real thirst was finally quenched when she received the living water (eternal life) that Jesus offered her, and she gladly shared it with others. I’m not sure to what well you keep coming back to temporarily satisfy your thirst, but I do know that Jesus will meet you there with the living water that He offers. When you accept it, you, too, will walk away satisfied.
A drink from the living water will forever quench our thirst.