by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Water of Life
Charles H. Spurgeon
John 4:15

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water. You will remember that our Savior had been speaking to the woman of Samaria concerning living water. He had endeavored to catch her attention by using a metaphor to her work and her position. Water was uppermost in her thoughts, and Jesus sanctified the element to His own gracious end. Sitting at the well's mouth, I think I can see His earnest face, and note the woman's wondering eyes while He talked to her as she had never been spoken to before, concerning water which caused a man never to thirst again.

At first the woman raised questions: the skeptical part of her nature took its turn, and caviled, and carped, and argued. "Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep," and so on. Do you not see all the elements of the infidel in her? But she is in good hands, and soon she has passed from the period of questioning into that of petitioning, and she cries this time, "Sir, give me this water." She was still, I am afraid, very ignorant. She did not even understand her own petition. That is clear from the words which follow the text, "That I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." She was giving a material meaning to a spiritual utterance. She was thinking of the water that could moisten the lips, when Christ was speaking of that living water, His own grace and love, which touches the heart, and the heart only. Her eyes were dark, but her face was turned the right way; and, best of all, Jesus was there, who can lead the blind in a way which they know not. It will be all well with her, you may leave her alone, and think of yourselves.

I hope I am now conversing with some here who have got clear of this woman's ignorance, and have passed away also, as she did, from the period of questioning; you know best who you are and where you are, but I hope you are desirous to partake of the grace which saves. You have got away from raising difficulties. You ...

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