As a man who is married with children and works in a leadership position, I rarely like to admit that I need help. I tend to rely on my own ability, my own knowledge, and my own experience. I’ve got it. I can handle it. I often find myself trying to hoard more manna than I need, only to find it has rotted by the morning (for more on this, read Exodus 16). I think I can do more than I am able, relying on my own strength. But to be honest, I have let myself down more times than I would like to admit.
John 4 recounts the story of a Samaritan woman who probably feels let down by life, by one or more of her five previous husbands, perhaps even by herself. The woman meets Jesus as she attempts to fulfill her physical need for water. She actually had two needs, but she was oblivious to the second, deeper need of spiritual fulfillment. In those days, it was unheard of for a Jew to engage a Samaritan in conversation, and even less likely if that Samaritan was a woman. Even so, Jesus asked the woman to help him get a drink from the well. When she felt compelled to tell him all the reasons why she couldn’t help him, Jesus replied,
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
The woman jumps at the prospect of never having to make the trek to the well for water ever again, but as Jesus continues to converse with her, she realizes he is talking about a deeper need than physical thirst. Like the Samaritan woman, in order to become friends with God, we need to see our need. This woman had a longing to be seen and loved. When Jesus explains that he knows all about her past and is still offering her friendship, then she comes out of hiding and begins seeking.
Do you typically think you can handle life on your own?
Is there an area in your life where you need to ask for help?
Are you able to identify your needs?
Irrespective of whether you consider yourself a mature Christian or someone who is still looking for answers, we all need help, whether we want to admit it or not. Be honest with yourself about a need that you have right now. Journal it out and take it to the Lord in prayer.
God, I want to be filled with your living water – the love that never ends, never fails, never gives up. I don’t want to wander around the desert. I don’t want to find my own manna. I want to trust in you to provide what I need, when I need it, and when you want me to have it. Amen.
This post was written by Ryan Cook. Ryan is an executive director for two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Toledo, so if you see him at church and think he looks familiar, that’s where you know him from. He is married with a son and a daughter. Follow him on Twitter @CookfilA.
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