Is there anything in our lives that we know are wrong, but seem impossible to get rid of because they provide instant satisfaction? Perhaps you’ve tried to kick a bad habit, only to fall helplessly back into its grip after a while? You are exasperated. You begin to look for someone/thing to blame: God, your parents, genes, society… “At least I tried,” you say. “What else can I do?”

Jesus teaches us how we can kick a stubborn bad habit. Outside Sychar, he meets a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water from a well. He compares the well water to the relationships in the woman’s love life: she would thirst again no matter how many times she drank the water, just as she has never found fulfilment despite constantly changing partners.

But Jesus offers her himself as the living water of life. He says: “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14). The woman realises that she had just met the Lord of her life, so she leaves her jar by the well and goes into town to tell the others whom she has met, bringing them back to meet him.

Solomon said: “Death and destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.” (Proverbs 27:20). No matter how many times we drink from the well, our desires will never be satisfied, drawing us back to the same well. On the other hand, the living water of Christ will not only sustain all our needs in this life, but allow us to drink into eternity. When we encounter Christ, we can give up whatever well we have been drinking from – all those stubborn bad habits – and enjoy his never-ending spring of living water.