The Mercy Well

by Matt Koceich on

Articles 3 min read
John 4:10–14

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” —John 4:10

There’s a very powerful story in the Bible where you can almost feel mercy flow from the pages of Scripture into your heart. The woman at the well reminds us of the great gift we have in Jesus. It’s so wonderful that He could have met with her anywhere, but Jesus chose Jacob’s well where He sat to rest. We’re told that the disciples had all gone into town for food, which is important because Jesus gave the woman His undivided attention. This is who Jesus is for you, too. He’s your loving, merciful, compassionate audience of One! He wants to hear everything you have to say.

It was sometime around noon, and the Samaritan woman came to the well alone to draw water. Jesus wasted no time asking her for a drink. Not able to believe that Jesus, a Jew, would ever associate with her, a Samaritan, she asked a very powerful question: How can you ask me for a drink? Right now, no matter what you’re going through, Jesus is there wanting to be right where you are, wanting to meet you in the mess of every single thing that makes you wonder if God sees you. He will never let you thirst for approval or acceptance.

Jesus was really offering Himself to the woman, but she didn’t understand. She said to Jesus, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” (John 4:11). Can’t you see how we can find ourselves in this same predicament? Lord, I need You, but I don’t understand what you’re doing. It doesn’t seem like Your plan for my life is working. There is no way for You to solve this problem. Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become like a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life” (John 4:13-14). It was like Jesus was saying, Precious child, when you strive to control your circumstance, you will always find something to fear. When you let Me be the Lord of your life, I hold you close so fear and anxiety don’t have the final say.  

You were made for so much more than the daily grind. The seemingly endless hours of toil are but the door to open and step past into your true calling. After talking with the the woman, Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35). The woman took Jesus at His word and went back home, sharing what Jesus had told her. Many people in town believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony (John 4:39). The best lesson learned at the well is that Jesus is the Savior of the world. That same Jesus is proud of you. Trust Him today!

Jesus, help me be like the woman at the well and give You all that I have, so that in return I can receive all of You! Help me listen to You, and give me the courage to step past the daily struggles and into the places of mercy You are calling me to.

About the Author

Matt Koceich is the 2021 Christian Book Award finalist in the Children's category and author of the IMAGINE Bible adventure series for kids. He lives in Mansfield, Texas with his wife Cindi and their four children.