Yesterday, I wrote about how I once tried to resist meeting a Samaritan woman at a well. Thanks to the working of the Holy Spirit in my heart, I finally stopped circling the well; settling down to drink, rest and eat – just like Jesus did in John chapter 4.
John doesn’t actually record Jesus physically eating or drinking at the well. He does however mention in verse 14 that Jesus offered the Samaritan woman water to drink that will prevent her from thirsting ever again. John further goes on to say that Jesus refused food offered to Him in verse 32. In fact John quotes Jesus in verse 32 as saying: “I have food of which you do not know”. Sensing that He had confounded His disciples, Jesus clarifies his statement in verse 34 by saying: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work”. In this case, Jesus spoke of course of doing His Father’s bidding. He was fed by simple obedience to His Father’s will.
I remembered how I felt after my interaction with the Samaritan woman who crossed my path years ago. I remember feeling exceedingly joyful. I remember an overwhelming fullness in my soul – a completeness. I realize now, I was nourished by the exchange. Nourished, by the kind of comfort food that can only come from our Heavenly Father. I was hand-fed by God Himself.
Obedience to God manifests as satiety of soul. It is a condition of soul where you are filled with marrow and fatness; where nothing is lacking or missing in your life. To obey is to taste and see His goodness and to drink from the Overflowing Cup, that is our Wellspring of Life.