The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city…
In John 4, we find the occurrence of Jesus meeting with the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well.
In Genesis, we find this well was in the same area in which God spoke to Abram and said I will make your descendants as of the dust of the earth. This is also the same parcel of land that Jacob purchased and called “El Elohe Israel,” and later gave to Joseph.
The significance of this place depicts the generational promises of God coming to fruition. Our earthly timetable perspective is superseded by God’s unlimitedness. He is outside of our time, and yet has humbly stepped into our earthly affairs to redeem and transform us.
Jacob references this by the name “El Elohe Israel”: The Strong God, the Covenant God of Israel. God’s promise for your life is sure today. He makes no covenant with intent to break or not fulfill it. His Word for your life endures—even throughout generations. Hold to His promise of salvation for your friends and family. Drink from the waters of salvation and share freely the glass from which you have drank.
Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
The woman at the well was letting her waterpot down into a natural well, but after receiving Christ’s word, she drew back waters of supernatural life. You may be sowing today with natural waterpots, but God will take the circumstances of this natural life and fill them with supernatural waters.
Psalms 126, says that your tears are reaping joy. Your brokenness, your hurt, your shame, your pain are the waterpots God will fill with abundant joy.
Amazing that this woman no longer needed her waterpot after tasting of living water. You too will find your past left behind after drinking from the joyful waters found in Christ. Your concerns turn from the affairs of your own life to meet the barrenness in another life.
Charles Spurgeon said this regarding sowing tears and reaping joy:
Hence, present distress must not be viewed as if it would last for ever; it is not the end, by any means, but only a means to the end. Sorrow is our sowing, rejoicing shall be our reaping. If there were no sowing in tears there would be no reaping in joy. If we were never captives we could never lead our captivity captive. Our mouth had never been filled with holy laughter if it had not been first filled with the bitterness of grief. We must sow: we may have to sow in the wet weather of sorrow; but we shall reap, and reap in the bright summer season of joy. Let us keep to the work of this present sowing time, and find strength in the promise which is here so positively given us. Here is one of the Lord’s shalls and wills; it is freely given both to workers, waiters, and weepers, and they may rest assured that it will not fail: “in due season they shall reap.” This sentence may well pass current in the church as an inspired proverb. It is not every sowing which is thus insured against all danger, and guaranteed a harvest; but the promise specially belongs to sowing in tears. When a man’s heart is so stirred that he weeps over the sins of others, he is elect to usefulness. Winners of souls are first weepers for souls. As there is no birth without travail, so is there no spiritual harvest without painful tillage. When our own hearts are broken with grief at man’s transgression we shall break other men’s hearts: tears of earnestness beget tears of repentance: “deep calleth unto deep.
When Christ saturates our lives with His waters of supernatural life, no longer are we concerned of our natural cares and troubles; our souls become troubled for those who have no sense of their desperation. Our lives begin to overflow boundless, life-giving waters onto the broken and needy.
If you find yourself today caught in the natural waterpots of personal anxieties, cast your cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7), drink deeply of His love, and share freely the waters of joy with others.