When you’re frustrated, angry, anxious, or weary, what do you do? When the problems facing you are overwhelming, do you turn to Jesus?
He is the only one who can solve all problems as well as relieve you when you are troubled. Of course, it’s good to talk to those who love you, and they can help you through trying times, but no one can help you like Jesus. For those of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior, He is “a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) We can say, like the psalmist wrote in Ps. 18: 1-3: “I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”
Do you call upon the Lord? Do you know Jesus? In John 4, the Samaritan woman had heard about the Messiah, the Christ, but she didn’t know Him until she encountered Him. As they talked, Jesus Christ revealed Himself to her.
In verses 7-14, Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, and He asked her for a drink. The passage goes on with Jesus saying to her, “10… If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘ Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock? 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The scripture goes on to say that not only did the Samaritan woman accept Jesus as the Messiah, but others in her community were saved, too, because she shared the good news.
How about you? If you haven’t yet encountered Jesus, all you need to do is pray and ask Him to be saved. It’s at that point that you enter into relationship with Him, the Son of God. Salvation is not about knowing about Jesus or going to church, but salvation is about knowing Jesus, entering into a relationship with Him, the Son of God.
Once we’re saved, it’s a new life! We have the Holy Spirit in us Who lives in all believers, and He is the “fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (verse 14) We get to live the abundant life here on this earth with the Holy Spirit in us as well as know we are guaranteed life everlasting with God.
It’s a wonderful thing to think about a fountain of water springing up in us. It is ever flowing. There is an inexhaustible supply. The Holy Spirit in us is our Comforter, our Encourager, and the One Who liberally gives wisdom and counsel. He is joy and peace springing up in us when we could get caught up in our difficult circumstances. He is the One Who completely understands us and loves us anyway with the Father’s perfect love.
When we are troubled and maybe see no solution to our problems, we can spend time in the Word of God and hear God’s word to us. It is a living Word applicable to us individually in our own situation. The wellspring of water in us refreshes us, strengthens us, and gives us what we need as we spend time with the Lord. Hallelujah!