TEXT: JOHN 4:7-26
Have you ever gone on a blind date? You go to the place where you've prearranged to meet and for the very first time you meet the guy? Something similar happened in this story. The only difference was that this woman did not know that an amazing man was waiting to meet her. The Samaritan woman went to the well every day, but she was forced to go during the heat of the day when no one else would see her. She would rather face the scorching sun then the whispers and taunts about her many husbands. What a surprise it must have been when Jesus first spoke to her -- a Jewish man treating her with dignity and respect! While she pretended to be religious and argue with Jesus about where people should worship, Jesus went straight to her need. He asked her to call her husband and then revealed that he knew her whole past. He confronted her need and shame head on with honesty and gentleness, so she would begin to realize who He was. For the first time in her life, she'd met a man who knew her fully and loved her without any hidden motives. He offered her abundant life and was calling her to proclaim His coming to others. This woman, with a shameful past, became the very first evangelist in her town The Messiah was waiting at the well for a "divine date" that would change her entire life!
Where are the areas in your life in which you need Jesus to show up and meet you? When do you prefer the scorching sun to the shame of isolation or sin? Where do you long to be loved but have found only disappointment? Jesus is sitting at the well of your deepest need waiting to go on a date with you, waiting to speak into your life with grace and truth, waiting to give you the hope of an abundant life in Him.
I’ve recently been going through a season in which God has been gently showing me the many sins hidden deep in my heart -- sins of fear, pride, bitterness, and frustration. I remember a time last month when I wondered if there was hope for me – hope for my damaged, broken heart which seemed to be clogged with so many lies that grace and truth could not freely flow through me. The story of the woman at the well reminds me that there is hope for a broken woman like me. Just like the woman at the well, my many coping mechanisms and sin patterns are not hidden from Jesus. He is aware of my long string of “lovers” – the many ways I have tried to unsuccessfully find happiness and fulfillment. What constantly amazes me is that even though Jesus sees all of this, He still invites me to sit and talk with Him each day. He still lets me talk about other subjects before gently leading me to the real issue at hand. Jesus is forever faithful to me, even though I am often unfaithful to Him. He continually brings me back to Him, the only true source of overflowing abundant life, even though I so often seek life from empty, broken cisterns. As Jeremiah 2:13 states: “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
What are some ways in which you have dug your own cistern? How have you sought other “lovers” as a way to find happiness and fulfillment apart from Jesus? As Jesus meets you today and sits with you, what are some of the things He is speaking to your heart? How is He offering you living water through His Spirit?