John 4:10-15 (ESV)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
One of my favorite basketball players growing up had the words “never satisfied” written on the backs of his shoes. I always liked the phrase as it was meant to encourage hard work, drive, and persistence. But over time I’ve also found that many of us are “never satisfied” for all of the wrong reasons. We focus so much of our energy and effort on temporary, material things that we have a hard time seeing past them to what’s really important.
The Samaritan woman in the scripture above was standing face to face with Jesus. He was talking to her about living water — a spring welling up to eternal life. And yet both times she responded as if he was talking about the water in the well. She was so focused on her natural thirst and her desire to draw from the well that she was completely unable to see the spiritual gift that Jesus was offering her.
Is there something in your life that is blinding you to a greater gift that God has for you? In your prayer time today, ask for His help in putting your goals and desires in perspective. No matter what we obtain or achieve in this world, it will never be enough to satisfy us if we aren’t seeking God above all else.