Today’s Scripture: John 4
I am embarrassed to admit this, but sometimes I hide from people. Here are the top three reasons I hide.
- I hurried to the grocery store to quickly grab something and I look awful. (This is what happens when you live 2 minutes from Meijer.)
- I am in a real hurry and I don’t have time to chat.
- I have been judged or ostracized by the person in the past.
For example: If I am in the grocery store and see someone I choose to hide from, I will turn around and head down another aisle. If the person is someone who makes me feel bad about myself, I start chanting in my head: “Please don’t see me, please don’t see me.” I feel panic setting in. My breathing becomes heavy and I wish I could disappear.
In John 4, the Samaritan woman has hiding down to an art form. She simply doesn’t put herself in the position to be judged or ostracized. She goes to the well at noon. (The other women would gather water early in the morning to avoid the heat.) She knows the area will be deserted at this time of day. But this day is different. Today, Jesus is at the well. Today, he talks to her and asks her for some refreshing water.
9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, ”You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me and I would give you living water.”
Jesus and the Samaritan woman continue to discuss what living water is. The woman is confused, because she thinks he is talking about water. She wants this water, because she thinks she will never have to return to the well and be subject to the ridicule of others. (In other words, she can hide.) Jesus goes on to tell her that whoever drinks from this living water will never be thirsty again. He says the water is fresh, and bubbling within them. This water gives eternal life.
15 Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I will never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” 16 “Go get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17 I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband- 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t married to the man you are living with now. You certainly spoke the truth.”
The Samaritan woman behaves like most of us do when our sin is pointed out: She changed the subject. She asked a question about the correct place to worship. Jesus tells her the time is coming when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. As they continue their conversation, she says she knows the Messiah is coming.
Then Jesus told her, “ I AM the Messiah.”
Jesus told the Samaritan woman who he was! He showed her love, mercy and acceptance. Jesus’ mercy warms my heart! The Samaritan woman was so changed that she left the water jug and ran with joy to the very people who judged and ostracized her. Why did she run? She ran because she could not wait to tell them about Jesus.
29 Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did. “Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
Verse 36 goes on to say: Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did.”
Did you catch that? Jesus knew everything she ever did and Jesus still loved her! Jesus showed the woman true mercy and grace. He does the same for you and me. Praise Jesus!
Who do you hide from? Do you believe Jesus wants to forgive you? Who do you need to tell about all Jesus has done for you.
Accept Jesus’ forgiveness and ask him to be the Lord of your life, and you will be saved. Tell others about everything Jesus has done for you.
Jesus, I, like the Samaritan woman, have sinned greatly. Thank you for forgiving me and showing me mercy and grace. Fill me with the same joy, courage, and strength you gave the Samaritan woman. Help me to be able to tell everyone, even those who ostracize and judge me, about who you are and all that you have done for me. Help me to never hide from anyone again, because I know I am your beloved child and that I am forgiven and loved by you. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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