Prayer (5 minutes):
- Thank God for providing the rest we need. Focus your mind on his blessings this Sunday.
Scripture (5 minutes): John 4:7-15 (ESV)
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food). The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans).
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
Meditation (5 minutes): Meditate on the phrase below. Repeat it 3x out loud.
The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
After drawing away from the city in humility and exhaustion, Jesus stopped at this well. He’s tired, thirsty, hasn’t eaten, and is probably filthy from travelling. You know how that feels. These are the evenings when we typically end up stuffing ourselves with Dominoes before sitting motionless at home for the night.
Instead of doing that, Jesus engages the woman who happens to walk up to the well he’s sitting beside.
He knows even asking for a drink will confuse and intrigue her because of the racial/gender divide that was common during the day. Men like him were not supposed to talk to women like her. Yet, Jesus doesn’t care. In fact, He gladly jumps across the barriers imposed by society and decides to change this woman’s life.
Upon being told that Jesus has something called “living water,” this lady pushes Him. She’s sharp. She’s dealt with enough fly-by-night salesmen hawking all kinds of promises and she wants Jesus to explain what is so special about Him. To her, this is just another sorta shady homie trying to use her, take advantage of her, and get her to do something that benefits him. She’s full of skepticism.
To be fair, wouldn’t you be? Maybe you are right now. Maybe you’re sick of the promises, the waiting game, the “opportunities” waiting just around the corner. Maybe you’ve started to ask yourself what the point is to doing good, or being patient, or biting your tongue in humility.
I know I’ve been there a lot recently.
Jesus cuts through her skepticism and speaks directly to her heart. “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty…”
The woman doesn’t fully understand yet what Jesus is talking about, but she knows she wants it. He ignores her resistance to his truth and love, and offers her the eternal acceptance, forgiveness, and care she craves so deeply.
We’re going to see more of this as the passage continues. But today, take time to remember and rest in the love He has given us through His love. We don’t have to thirst. We don’t have to get frustrated by the lies, criticism, and hatred that surrounds us. He’s provided us with another way. His love is available to you today.
Rest in who He is, and the fact He’s done all of this for us. John is a beautiful book to remember the love Jesus showed us while He was alive. Enjoy it!