Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.
As a man who loves to eat, this is a very challenging verse to me. Even as I sit here writing this devotional I’m thinking “Taco Bell sounds pretty good right about now!” Throughout John 4, it seems water and food is the ongoing theme. He tells the woman at the well “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.” Then to the disciples he says, “I have the food you know nothing about.”
Why do we eat and drink? For comfort, for strength, for health, because we’re bored?
When I think about my walk with God, my ongoing thought is that I want to depend on God as much as I depend on my next meal. I want to turn to God for comfort, I want to depend on His word for strength, I want to go to Him first for health, I want God to be the first person I turn to when I’m bored and don’t know what to do, and I want to live by the example Jesus made by saying “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God.” When Jesus is at the well talking to the Samaritan woman, she has no idea that she is speaking the the Savior of the world. He tells her “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Well, we know who we are praying to and we know what he has done for us. And because we know who He is, we will ask for the Living Water.