John: Day 4

The Living Water

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Today's Text: John 4:1-54, Isaiah 55:1-3

Text: John 4:1-54, Isaiah 55:1-3

I wonder if she spotted Him from a distance, a man sitting at the well alone—her well, the one she visited daily. I wonder if, as she drew closer, she could make out Jesus’ face and recognize His nationality. A man—a Jewish man—sitting at her well?

She approached, probably confused. Maybe even a bit afraid. Then, Jesus spoke to her.

In this story from John 4, Jesus broke through at least three cultural and social barriers of His time:

1. He spoke to a woman, and traditionally, Jewish men were not to be seen conversing with women.

2. He spoke to a Samaritan, and as the Scripture says, Jews had no dealings with Samaritans at the time (v. 9).

3. He spoke to a woman He knew was an “adulteress”—a woman who had more than one husband and was with a man she wasn’t married to.

Yet, Jesus spoke to her. A woman. A Samaritan. A sinner.

And He didn’t just say hello. Over the course of their brief and profound conversation, He offered her the gift of a lifetime: living water, eternal life. “But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again,” Jesus said to her (v. 14).

“Sir,” she said, “give me this water, so that I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water” (v. 15).

There she was, standing beside the Messiah in the flesh, and she didn’t fully understand what He was telling her. She took His offer of living water literally. She didn’t get it—not yet.

I love this part so much because it paints such a real and beautiful picture of grace. You don’t have to fully “get it” to receive it.

That part is hard for me, a lifelong Christ follower, to accept. Unlike the Samaritan woman, I have the knowledge. I like to think that I know Jesus and His story, that I know the right answers and theology. But this story says the gift of Christ is for anyone who wants to receive it—no matter how little you know, how little you have been taught, or how wayward you have lived. Grace reminds us how level the playing field is.

The Samaritan woman wanted what Jesus offered. She knew this if she knew nothing else. “Give me this water,” she said. And that’s all she had to say.

That’s all we have to say, too. From the woman frantically checking all her Bible-study boxes to the woman buried under the weight of past sin and shame, this promise is for all of us. Because we’re all thirsty. We’re all weary. We are all desperate for the Jesus who stands at the well offering the exact and only thing we need.

Give me this water, we say, breathless and tired. And He does.

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  • This is one of my FAVORITE bible passages. A lot of the time you read throughout the Bible how God is working through men, and there aren’t as many stories about how he is working through woman. BUT, I think this story is so amazing because every time I read it I don’t just read about God seeking one woman, but all women. I think the Samaritan woman in this story represents all of us. We may not have the greatest path… we might feel ashamed because of past relationships and mistakes, because we hate our bodies and are envious of others, we feel different from other woman…. or whatever the reason, Jesus calls each of us to partake in his “living water” and we as woman have a voice in this too… because once we partake in it, we can be like the Samaritan woman, and change the world through our testimony.
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  • Such a great reminder that all we have to do is say, “I want some of that”. As refreshing as living water to the soul.

  • Lillian Gochee

    This really gives interpretation about the woman and Jesus’s conversation.

  • Today I learned that – Testimony is such a beautiful thing. By sharing your personal stories, others see how Christ uses us as examples to show his promises. Our faith in God restores when we witness what God has done in other’s life. It’s so humbling to know that our amazing and loving God always welcomes us with opened arms. He is just patiently waiting for us to seek him, to be thirsty.

  • Jessica N Ray

    Today I faced again the fear monster…you didn’t pray enough/read your Bible so you can’t enjoy intimacy with God. You have to earn it!! You’re not enough! You are never good enough!

    All those voices.
    And you know what?
    I still heard His voice today. I still felt His smile. I still disciples a new believer at work.
    His love never moves. It’s us who believe the lie and turn away in shame.

    He is pleased with what He made. Let Him love you today. Even if you didn’t do it all right.

  • It’s still so mind boggling to me that he just wants us to love Him. Drink from me… here it is.. take it! The only thing He wants in return is for His Father in Heaven to be glorified!

  • I like to think that I know Jesus and His story, that I know the right answers and theology. But this story says the gift of Christ is for anyone who wants to receive it—no matter how little you know, how little you have been taught, or how wayward you have lived. Grace reminds us how level the playing field is.

  • I needed to hear this today! I’ve been struggling with anxiety and I feel weary. I’m so grateful that our Lord understands us and says Come as you are!

  • Alexandria

    Faith is just so important!!

  • Make all my actions and deeds be filled with Christ’s love ❤️

  • What an awesome post and a beautiful reality that we have in Jesus! This was what I needed and was nodding my head “yes!” with each sentence I read of this post! Thank you for that…I really needed to hear this today and will be studying with you all forever!

  • This had me in tears. Much needed

  • Heather Fringer

    My all time favorite piece from this scripture reading was Isaiah 55:1-3. It is so calming and can give rest to even the most worried souls, which would seem to be like me most of the time.)

  • I am so thankful for God’s grace and love for all of us. I am so thankful that he promises compassion that never fails and mercy that is replenished each and every day that we seek Him. I’m thankful that we don’t have to know a lot to receive Him and that it is enough for us to just start believing. He is so faithful to open our eyes and reveal his truths as we seek Him. Thank you Jesus!

  • Cassandra

    This is so beautiful because my Dad is very old school in his faith and my brother is still figuring out what he believes and what it all means and they fight about this almost daily. Dad says brother needs to do more and this and that but brother says “but I believe, isn’t that enough? And dad says no. Dad struggles with believing his own good works will save him and it ends up discouraging my brother for craving more so I’m glad I can see this and share this with both of them separately and soften their hearts

    • kara grace

      Cassandra, your dad is actually correct.

      Faith Without Works Is Dead
      14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

      18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

      • Kim Pruszynski

        Another interpretation of this (that I believe is correct) is that our works are the proof of a changed life/being born again. Not that our works are what saves us. Sadly, that interpretation minimizes Jesus’s death on the cross for us. God is a just God. He must punish all sin. Jesus paid my punishment, but those who do not believe must face God’s wrath and suffer punishment. This is how faith in Jesus is the ONLY way.

  • This really hit home for me. I struggle daily on the truth and seeing the Lord in my life. I feel like I have to know everything in order to know him but Grace says otherwise. All my messy sins and he still showers me with mercy and love!

    • Heather Fringer

      Shayna I know exactly how you feel about struggling to see the Lord in your life. I have always felt like I have to read the bible from front to back to be able to learn everything and then maybe I will be able to hear Him and sense Him. But I am noticing that what I am feeling is not at all true and I am glad that you are too!

  • Wow… how timely to read about grace leveling the playing field. I’ve felt the insistent call in my frantic life to “make space.” Space for God, loved ones, and my own needs that I so often choose to ignore. 2017 will be the year of choosing to navigate perfect grace, rather than trying to force my way to control. So thankful for a community of like-minded women. I’d love for some people to be held accountable with! I wrote some some more thoughts on the journey to God’s grace, thanks for a safe space to share the deepest part of my heart. https://unmentionablesblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/making-space-and-navigating-grace/

    • Jo

      Ive been navigating ways to make this year be about more Grace and Stillness and less hustling …loved your POV on your blog!

      • Olivia

        Thanks so much, Jo! We have quite a challenge ahead of us, but I’m so excited to see where it leads. Hope this year is full of stillness and growth for you. :)

    • Cheri

      God has just recently allowed for a huge amount of space in my life. After years of home schooling and hubby working from home, hubby is now working at an office, and both kids are grown – one is back living at home, but she started a full-time job this week. So, I find myself with a LOT of time on my hands. My biggest prayer is that I use it wisely and manage it well. The house is currently a mess from Christmas and moving our daughter back in, but I find myself just wanting to sit at His feet. So, that’s where I am today. I hope to let Him lead me as I structure my days and find my new normal. I long to blog and write, and I feel Him calling me to that, but all in His timing…

      • kara grace

        Wow. Inspiring. Thanks for sharing your life :)
        I loved how you said “sitting at His feet”

    • Salena

      Is there a way to follow your blog just through WordPress? I don’t like getting emails, haha, otherwise I’d just subscribe.

  • Hopeforward

    This water that truly satisfies is ours for the taking. How often we grasp what does not satisfy or satisfies for only a moment. May 2017 be the year that ushers in the fullness of this gift… and be truly experienced by us all. I have learned in years past that understanding this gift intellectually leaves one without true freedom. Praise God that His word builds layer upon layer until we are the mighty fortress with Him that embodies all that He gives us… I pray this prayer for all… that we may experience true freedom. Praise be to Him Lord Christ!

  • Yes it is free… take and receive and it is yours! Wow what a God we have!

  • Keri McCue

    “You don’t have to fully “get it” to receive it.” – There are still things about Christianity and the Gospel that I don’t understand, some things that I can’t fully wrap my head around. But I love that He doesn’t require us to have a PHD in the Gospel to be able to receive it. What a gift of grace that is!!

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    • Ginger

      Keri, that was the part of this post that hit home the hardest, and every sentence after that! Lol, I was 7yrs old when I requested to be baptized, and my mother took me and my niece of the same age to church the following Sunday to be baptized. The pastor said that we were too young, and asked too many questions, therefore, not mature enough to understand what it meant to be baptized. Knowing that Jesus will meet us where we are and bring that knowledge to us through the Holy Spirit in due time just confirms that Jesus is Lord, and above all my understanding, and has every answer to every issue I could ever have under His rule as my King! So, I don’t have to know everything right away, but if I believe, I will know what I need to know in due time!

  • I’m so tired of checking the boxes and of playing my past over and over in my head. I love the reminder that I don’t have to!

  • In the wake of holidays, trying to restart and restrain from treats and consumption, I love the invitation to come and eat and drink without restraint. Life in Jesus is clearly about MORE not less — though I have a stoic streak that wants to make it about eliminating desire and wanting less. The Bible’s closing thought in Revelation 22 is one of unhindered feasting without consequence.

    I just watched the documentary “Minimalism” last night, and even though these men are not arriving at the ultimate solution of Christ, they strike a very profound chord on a deep hunger in American culture that we often mindlessly feed with material possessions, and the futility of that. Very thought provoking, especially in the wake of all the Christmas gifting frenzy… https://minimalismfilm.com/

    • Betsy P.

      Carrie, I love this! “Life in Jesus is clearly about MORE not less…”: it is amazing how we so quickly forget this, how legalism tricks us into thinking that following the Lord is all about depriving ourselves and oppressing ourselves. I am praying that Jesus will teach all of us what true abundance in Him really means, and that our eyes will be open to see His riches of grace and wisdom.

      (Also, thanks for the recommendation of the documentary! It has caught my eye on Netflix a few times, and I was wondering if it was any good. I’ll have to add it to my queue now.)

  • This is the exact illustration of what an awesome God we serve! For indeed grace is given to anyone regardless of the depth of your knowledge. Beautiful thoughts today thank you!!!

  • Tanya Thurnau

    I love this. We don’t have to understand it all in order to believe and receive His promises to us.

  • Gabrielle

    This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible and this devotion was so great. I love how the author pointed out the cultural and social barriers that Jesus broke. I once heard a talk on race and cultural from a Biblical point. The speaker used the story of Samaritan woman and compared Jesus speaking to her to a white man drinking from a ‘colored only’ fountain in the 1950’s, an unthinkably huge move to make. When I heard that analogy I finally began to understand just how big and how risky it was from Jesus to talk to the Samaritan woman. But that’s who Jesus is! Jesus does whatever he has to do, even break cultural and social barriers, to come to us, to reach us, even when we are turned against him. Praise the Lord! This story constantly convicts me of how I need to do better when it comes to engaging cross-culturally. Jesus did it so why shouldn’t I?

  • Linsay Karlson

    Come to the River by Housefires, this song is such a good reminder of the living water that covers all of my longing, sin, and the way in which I will never be ‘good enough.’ By His grace, I am not thirsty.

  • Although there are many things to be grateful for, I think one of the biggest gifts we’ve been given is an equal opportunity for all to become apart of God’s family and love. It’s not limited to a certain group, it’s for everyone, whether they’re experts or have very little knowledge of the Lord <3 He has given us this wonderful gift!

  • Thank you Jesus for offering your living water to all of those who follow you!

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  • Love it! This is the exact passage, and reason behind our website name, Thirsty No More. He pours out grace upon grace, quenching a thirst He alone can satisfy.

  • Hailey T.

    A song for my heart and yours during this study: https://youtu.be/Df4zCd825RY

  • I am that woman – with a past. I’m so grateful for His living water! WHOEVER drinks from the water will never thirst again!

  • ……and the reat of the passage in todays reading
    50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

    The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”
    How quickly I return to my independant ways of trying to fix my life. Running to the Dr. taking the next meds.finding comfort in so many ways that never last. He fives me eternal comfort. love,healing and grace to accept myself in all my human frailty Like the woman at the well,to come thirsty,to drink deeply to worship HIM ao HE is glorified.

  • I so relate to the idea of checking all the boxes and “knowing the right answers.” Until this year, these chapters-Nicodemus and the woman at the well- were the “check, know that story” lessons. But I realized that looking at them side-by-side, they parallel the box checker and the unlikely convert. Both seeking to be alone (cover of darkness for Nicodemus, heat of the day for the woman), both asking Jesus theological questions. But Nicodemus, a Jewish teacher of the Law who should’ve known it all, couldn’t see it. The Samaritan woman, a Gentile, not a teacher, immediately got it and shared it. What a convicting parallel! Fortunately for Nicodemus (and me as a fellow box checker), he eventually got it. Thankful for living water that doesn’t require all the boxes checked or all the right requirements. It reminds me of this hymn:

    “Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
    Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
    Jesus ready stands to save you,
    Full of pity, love and power.

    Let not conscience make you linger,
    Not of fitness fondly dream;
    All the fitness He requireth
    Is to feel your need of Him.”

    • Christine

      I was struck by this thought as well, only it is the parallel between the disciples who were with Jesus, walked and talked and lived with Jesus, and STILL just couldn’t seem to grasp what “chance” encounters with people at a well or sick bed or dining table were able to. Understanding does not come through knowledge or proximity or time – not Kingdom understanding any way.

      • Beth

        Yes, the disciples see only the material, wanting the Lord to eat (vs. 31), but He has greater things to think of (vs. 32-34), kingdom things, the harvest of souls. Those souls coming out of the town (vs. 35), those men that the woman from the well has just gone into town and told them that the Messiah is at the well. Souls that are ready to harvest, ready to believe that He is the Messiah (vs. 39, 41-42).

  • Such grace is truly the greatest gift! So thankful for a God who loves so fiercely and cares so deeply.

  • I don’t have to fully “get it” to receive it. Thank God!

  • Diane Huntsman

    From the woman frantically checking all her Bible-study boxes to the woman buried under the weight of past sin and shame, this promise is for all of us. Because we’re all thirsty. We’re all weary. We are all desperate for the Jesus who stands at the well offering the exact and only thing we need. Yes!

  • I have always loved the story of the woman at the well. I am a lover of story. I often tell my students that you can refute religion, science, math, etc., but you cannot refute someone’s story. When the woman in John 4 left the well she went to her village and shared her story – her experience with the one, true Messiah. That was enough to convince “many” to want to hear more about this Jesus guy, and, as result, many came to believe. I used to think that I had to have the right verses, deep theological knowledge, and years of practiced experience in order for me to share the Gospel with others. Because of that, I rarely did. My inadequacies were always a road block. Until I came to truly understand THIS story. One day something clicked. The realization that I don’t have to know everything or have all the answers, but that I can simply share what Christ has done in my life and that is enough! I am the woman at the well. The shameful, sinful, broken woman doing her best to hide her darkness. The woman who was given love and acceptance when she didn’t “deserve” it. The woman who says, “I have to tell you this story of how my life has changed…”

    • Hannah

      Amen

    • G

      Yes! Thank you for this reminder to share more of what Christ has done in my personal life. Whatever I miss, He will complete the rest, He is enough!

      • Nolvia

        This Samaritan woman basically becomes an Evangelist. Spread the good news all. around. As Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. This is our calling. ❤✝️

  • Shelly S.

    What struck me today-like never before – in this passage is the fact that the woman went right away and testified about the Messiah! The testimony of a very flawed woman led many others to come and see if this was the Christ. . She didn’t wait till she had her life all straightened out or till she understood everything about Jesus. No, she left her water jar and went! Lord help me be the one today that in some way or another testifies about who Christ is and what He has done.

  • Laura Andersen

    Thank you to those of you who prayed for and encouraged me yesterday! I don’t think my first day of school could have gone much better. Praising the Lord for all of you!

  • It is finally snowed today. And it will be snowing more later, as I understand it, the big, soft, flaky snow that appears to fall to the earth in slow motion. The kind worthy of watching quietly with a hot cup of coffee in hand. I am anxious for the respite because a first snow, to me, is soul calming, for a variety of meanings. We’ve had so much rain the past month that our front yard looks more like a muddy slope than a grassy hill and this snow, this snow will cover it, making what appears dingy and unappealing beautiful again, even if just temporary. So I will sit. I will sit and watch, flake by tiny flake, mount into much and I will smile at the seemingly impossible task of covering muck turned possible as this little army descends upon my home, teeny piece by teeny piece. I’ll watch my children, arms out and faces turned up, accepting this snow with vigor and excitement as if they’ve waited their whole lives for it, just as they do every year.

    Christ showers us with Grace. His words to this woman were for each of us, each word falling on her ears, like the light snow descending on us today, until she could deny the knowledge no more. Until, like a squall of white plush, her understanding clicked on and she heard what He was actually speaking …. and the language He was speaking was universal. Just like this snow covering yard after yard, muck after muck, sin after sin, that language was Grace and it covered her heart in peace. Grace covers everything, EVERYTHING. And like my kiddos to this beautiful snow, she leapt from that well, arms unfolded, heart released, exclaiming the freedom He unearthed for her, sharing it with others. We are that woman and we have a choice, stand at the well and walk away untouched, or stand at the well, arms wide open, face to Jesus and accept the gift of Grace in our lives. Prayerful that we allow Grace to descend upon our lives daily, that we relinquish shame and perfection and like small children in a new snow, we let it cover us with great joy.

    • DebbieinAZ

      Beautiful analogy. May grace descend upon our lives today as we relinquish our imperfections to the Lord.

    • Rachel

      What a beautiful picture you’ve just painted in my mind. Thank you for that. I pray also that I’m open to God’s grace descending on every area of my life, as He covers all of my sins and imperfections.

    • Diane

      Amen beautiful image .

    • Taylor

      Beautiful words!

  • i think what struck me most from chapter 4 was in verse 50 when the man took jesus at his word and believed. what a great display of faith! this man believed jesus before there was ever any written account of his life or truth. i confess that i am convicted by this. having been a believer all my life, reading god’s word and knowing jesus, so often i do not take him at his word and struggle to believe. praying this morning that we can all be like this man in cana and take jesus for who he is and believe.

  • candacejo

    I love this real-life story of sin, forgiveness, healing, restoration, and Jesus showing up right where we live. Casting Crowns recorded a song a few years ago entitled Come to the Well:

    When you’re running on empty
    And you can’t find the remedy
    Just come to the well.

    And at the end of the song they list a good portion of “things” that keep us from coming:

    Your pursuit of perfection (leave it all behind)
    Your fear of rejection (leave it all behind)
    Your temporary pleasures (leave it all behind)
    All your earthly treasures (leave it all behind)
    Dried up empty religion (leave it all behind)
    Rusty chains of addiction (leave it all behind)
    All the guilt that weighs you down (leave it all behind)
    Just leave it all behind and come to the well
    http://www.hopeinthehealing.com/2016/06/24/come-to-the-well/

  • I can’t help but wonder, the untold views of this story. My heart is convicted, that there are times I feel as the prodigal son. I wonder if there were other women watching their interaction, and allowing jealousy to enter as to why he was talking to HER not them. Praying that I am always able to remember grace is for everyone, and that sin is not measured in the way in which the world sees them.

  • Sarah_Joy

    Grace levels the playing field. Who am I to judge one person less worthy? Who am I to place a distance between me and someone who is hard to love? They need God’s grace just like I do. God give me love for the people in my path, not just those who are easy to love.

    • J

      Woof, conviction through your words this morning. Thankful for you Sarah Joy, and joining you in prayer for the Lord to give us love for others in our path, not distance or (in my case) even “subtle” coldness in the name of my declared right to do so. Love overpowers, and we are sometimes those individual’s only encounter with Christ! Amen.

  • Kate Amaezechi

    the two miracles he performed were both at Cana in Galilee. Jesus knows what we need, he provides what we need for belief.

  • Kate Amaezechi

    I always wish you could read tone with these verses… and see facial expressions. thank God he made us with some imagination. can you picture and hear this woman’s language as she said “I don’t have a husband”. perhaps fear, shame, disappointment, and that feeling you get when you wonder if you will always be under the weight if your sin… praise God he offers that Grace in Christ Jesus. a new life.

    • cj8of8

      Amen..

      • cj8of8

        And.. Only Jesus can clean the conscience.. remove the guilt of sin. Only Jesus can. Living water again. O death where is your sting. Thank you Jesus!

    • Taylor

      Kate this is exactly what I was thinking! What must her face have looked like when she found out he knew everything about her. And then again what her expression must have been when he reveals himself and says “I am He.” I imagine falling over, or staring with a gaping mouth. I can’t imagine my reaction if I met my savior! My heart swells.

      • Shelley

        You paint such a realistic picture. I think I would have been utterly speechless!

  • I think what struck me most is how Jesus’ love was so great for her that He pursued her heart not by chasing her, but by planting Himself right where she would be routinely visit – right where she was going to show up regardless – in a way that was undeniable and overwhelming but still dignified and respectful of her in light of her circumstances, past, and shame. He spoke to her in not one, but several different ways in order that she would understand. What kindness! He really wanted her to understand this gift He was giving her and its magnitude. This gives light to my heart knowing that He is the same with us (with me! with you!) today, wherever we are at, as He never changes and never will. He still gently pursues us today, speaks to us, and preaches to our hearts in ways that will not cause us to feel the depths of our shame, but so that we will understand. We must simply draw near to Him.

    Given my perfectionist nature, I rack my brain sometimes (all the time) trying to figure out “how” to live in a way that reaps the benefit and life of having received Living Water, and He tells me this morning the answer is simply to draw near and receive. Blessings to each one of you sisters today.

  • I am so happy that I read this extension from today’s passages. It is wonderful to see someone else’s viewpoint and what spoke to them. A few things stood out to me…If Jesus could break social barriers, who I am to be standoffish to anyone. Homeless, drunken, other sinners. Jesus spoke to them and gave them eternal life, surely I can speak to them and give them the hope of Christ. Andrea mentioned that grace reminds her how level the playing field is. What a humbling realization. Your good works do not put you above anyone else. This spoke to me this morning referring to my job. Just because I work harder or write more lesson plans, doesn’t make me better. I need to keep my head down and do my job the give all the glory to God.

    • Kc Rose

      I loved your comment! What a good reminder. It is so easy to not feel like we are judging or sizing someone up by comparing, but I think we get into a worldly grove and it becomes something we do without thinking. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this! It really made me think about how this plays out in my life and how to change!

  • Such perfect timing for me to read this moment in time – where a plain, sinful, woman has a chance meeting with Jesus – and finds grace , acceptance regardless of her sins and past. Over the past year or so – we (my husband and I) have come to know of some deep , dark sins in some of our friends lives – as they confess these to their community of believers and work hard to break chains of addiction and years of secrets – who are we to judge or to not come alongside of them and fight with them ? We are not above them – we are all weary and thirst. We do NOT have to understand their sin -or question “is it really an addiction?” – we are to be hands and feet of Jesus at the well – offering love , acceptance and grace – these should over power the knowledge we have of their sins! God , let us be your visible grace to our friends and strangers – Let’s us drink alongside of them and encourage them when they are weary. You did not walk away with knowledge of the Samaritan woman’s sins – and neither should we !

    • Karen

      Grace! God’s grace. For everyone.

    • Emily

      I needed to hear this today, as my husband and I are in a similar situation. It’s so easy to judge from the outside, but it is a lot harder to pray, extend grace, and forgive. Praying now for the grace necessary to come along side and help them fight!

  • My prayer today Lord is that I will allow your grace to transform me; that because your grace levels the playing field I am reminded that I am not above or below anyone else, but that we are all desperate for you. My prayer is that your grace softens my heart towards all of your children and causes me to put others before myself. Remove my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26)

  • This story made me think of a line from a prayer written by Debi Thomas. “My soul yearns for something, and that something must be you.” So many times I “spend my money for that which is not bread” (Is. 55:2) for those things that do not satisfy, when Jesus has “rich food” He wants me to delight in. He is enough. He is sufficient.
    Have a blessed and abundant day!

  • churchmouse

    May I always be desperate for Jesus.

  • I love how the Samaritans believed about Jesus because of the woman’s testimony. I also like how the Samaritans had a hunger to know Jesus too and asked him to stay 2 more days… after which, they too developed their own personal experience and testimony of Jesus. My pray is that my hunger for God in my life will grow and that my personal relationship with Him will strengthen.

  • This is one of my favorite stories with Jesus. I can so much feel her desperate longing for water. Water that she may never be thirsty again. Like her I was once desperately longing for this water. And didn’t know how to get it. I read it in my bible but couldn’t find a way to reach it. And one day, very simple, very unspectacular, HE gave it to me. I opened my heart and received. Amen!

  • Yes please…

    Sir, Give me this water ! So I may never be thirsty again….

    https://youtu.be/tZIMDcgrF-Q

    I need thee every hour most Gracious Lord…No tender voice like thine. Can peace afford..
    I need thee O I need thee…Bless me now my Savior, I come to thee…

    Coming to the well today Lord Jesus…as I am, sin, sin, sin, warts and all..

    Sir, Give me this water, that I may never be thirsty again…

    Praying our Lord Jesus meets you at your well today….

    Blessings dear sisters…with love ..xxx

    • Jen

      I love the truth in these verses and that song! I truly need Him every hour!

    • Glorybe

      I carry that in my heart today – I need him every. Hour. Every. moment.
      Thanks for posting Tina!

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