Have you ever been in a situation where questions are overwhelming and they out-weigh all the answers? It is stressful! I’ve been in that place. Where the only answers I get are negative and the only options I see in front of me involve sacrifice from me and I want to cry. And then, I talk with someone, or meet someone new, and suddenly all of that changes. Suddenly, I have hope again and it came from the most unlikely thing. I feel like everything will be okay.
It reminds me of the Samaritan women at Jacob’s well.
She had seen her share of hard times, in fact, she was living a nightmare! She bounced from bad relationship, to bad relationship and I bet she was feeling hopeless and brokenhearted.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Here’s one more man asking something of her, but he seemed different. He was a Jew and Jews were not allowed to converse or do anything with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
This man had answers and he seemed to know about something a lot bigger than she did. He was talking about living water? What is this living water? Is it something she could physically haul around in a jar? Everlasting life? Whoa, now this man is really peaking her interest. Her heart leaps with joy at the thought of living water. Hope springs anew.
“16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband.”
He’s going to judge me and surely he will push me away! I better tell him the kinder version.
“Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].
Suddenly this Woman Knew What to Do
Jesus Christ had compassion for this woman, but he also told her one of the biggest mysteries of all time. All-be-it still cloaked in mystery, but looking back he revealed the truth about the salvation plan.
Do you think this woman had found answers? Do you think she had hope?
“27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.”
Jesus hadn’t condemned her, he brought her answers. Answers that changed her life forever. Those same answers apply to us today. How many of us know how to worship God in Spirit? If you would like to learn what the Bible says about it, email me and I’ll send you a handout explaining what it is and how to do it.
Living waters are still flowing, let them change your life forever.
God Bless You Today!