Today’s word of the day Bible study is from John 4 – The story of the Samaritan Woman and the water that never runs dry!
Within John chapter 4 there is the story of the Samaritan woman, yet the story seems to be pointing to a larger topic of “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.” (Verse 13)
Later on in the chapter, Jesus is talking to the disciples and they become concerned about whether He has had anything to eat, to which He replied, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” (Verse 32)
The disciples were confused by this statement, so Jesus clarified, “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.” (Verse 34)
What is the common thread throughout this entire chapter?
What we eat and what we drink will either fill us temporarily or it will fill us permanently.
So what is the “water” and the “food” Jesus is talking about here and how can we, too, fill ourselves in a way that we will never hunger again?
The water and the food shared the same element of filling Him without any physical food or drink. The consumption here has nothing to do with a physical act, but doing “the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work”. There is something about serving the Father that fills us more than food or water ever could.
Every physical and emotional need is a reflection of life in the Spirit and the satisfaction that only comes from God. Even having physical hunger or thirst is a representation of the constant need to be filled with nourishment.
According to Jesus here in John 4, doing the will of God is the most nourishing thing we can ever participate in.
Another note to make is that Jesus makes a parallel between the water baptism (baptism of John) and being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from Heaven as a dove and remain on Him. And I myself did not know Him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.“ John 1:32-33
When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit you are being filled with the Spirit of God and He becomes alive in you, “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:4)
The Spirit of God is living and active, just like the “water” and “food” that never runs out.
If you want to never hunger again, be filled with the Holy Spirit and begin to do your Father’s work – the Holy Spirit has everything you need. Everything you are hungry for – comfort, help, unending joy, peace, righteousness, and LOVE!