Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
I love that story of the woman at the well! It perfectly demonstrates Jesus’ compassion for sinners like me and how He meets us right where we are.
If you read the entire account of this ‘chance meeting’ – yea, right – you might notice Jesus’ kindness, calmness and promise.
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
NO MATTER WHO WE ARE…when we dedicate our lives to Jesus, He sends the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout our lives. This ‘water’ that Jesus provides is the only thing that can fill our emptiness, soothe our pain and conquer our demons. Hallelujah!
Personally, I cannot survive without God, my Heavenly Father; Jesus, my Savior; and the Holy Spirit, my internal instructor.
In fact, when I rely on my own power; I fail miserably; I come up empty-handed; I stop enjoying life.
Not only does God meet us where we are, He loves us enough to move us closer to Him, which means leaving our sin behind and going forward with confidence that our past is forgiven. The best part is when we ‘draw near to Him, He draws near to us’. (See James 4:8)
How awesome is that?!?!?!
In a world that encourages selfishness and to do as many things that ‘feel good’ as possible, God teaches us that real joy comes from service, love and altruism. Additionally, His Holy Spirit will help us along the way if we will let Him. (HARD PART – I find myself fighting Him on occasion because I want my way…GRRR!)
Instead of waiting until tragedy hits to ‘draw near’ to God with a flurry of desperate prayers, we should develop our relationship on a daily basis so that we are prepared for ANYTHING that is thrown our way.
We may not understand why certain things happen in our lives, but we have the promise that God loves us and will act in our behalf if we trust Him!! The good news is that we can place our trust in Him wherever we are RIGHT NOW! We can be an outcast sinner like the Samaritan woman at the well.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5
Again, the woman at the well wasn’t perfect. Actually, she had had five husbands. However, she wasn’t dismissed by Jesus because of her sin, she was used as a great example for all of us who need to move from sinful yesterdays into a freedom-filled future in Christ.
Listen to God’s truth. Talk to God. Commit to His way. See your life change!
I hope you will let God lead you today so that you can enjoy His Peace!
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 3:1-35 – My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Image courtesy of Meg Hays. Copyright 2014.