The line from an old hit song goes, ‘Looking for love in all the wrong places.’ That was true of a woman Jesus met at a well in Samaria.
Here’s her story:
1) She tried religion but it didn’t satisfy her. She told Jesus, ‘Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship’ (v. 20 NKJV). So she had religious head knowledge but it didn’t satisfy the longings of her heart. Has that been your experience too?
2) She tried human relationships and they failed her. Jesus told her, ‘You have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband’ (v. 18 NKJV). Has that happened to you too? The relationship you need most – is with Jesus.
3) She tried Jesus and He satisfied her soul. When Jesus told her, ‘Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst,’ she replied, ‘Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst’ (vv. 14-15 NKJV). Religion without a personal relationship with God will leave you unsatisfied and unfulfilled. It’s like drinking saltwater – the more you drink, the thirstier you get. Religion devoid of a relationship with Christ is like a pacifier that a baby works hard to suck on, but from which no real nutrition flows.
Perhaps you’ve been disappointed by Christians and hurt by the church. If so, the word for you today is: don’t give up religion until you’ve tried Jesus, for only He can satisfy your soul.
‘Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.’ John 4:14 NKJV