By: Mandy Hill
“Jesus left Judea and started for Galilee again. This time he had to go through Samaria, and on his way he came to the town of Sychar. It was near the field that Jacob had long ago given to his son Joseph. The well that Jacob had dug was still there, and Jesus sat down beside it because he was tired from traveling. It was noon, and after Jesus’ disciples had gone into town to buy some food, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well. Jesus asked her, “Would you please give me a drink of water?” “You are a Jew,” she replied, “and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink of water when Jews and Samaritans won’t have anything to do with each other?” Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God wants to give you, and you don’t know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would ask me for the water that gives life.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this life-giving water? Our ancestor Jacob dug this well for us, and his family and animals got water from it. Are you greater than Jacob?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give will become in that person a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.” The woman replied, “Sir, please give me a drink of that water! Then I won’t get thirsty and have to come to this well again.” Jesus told her, “Go and bring your husband.” The woman answered, “I don’t have a husband.” “That’s right,” Jesus replied, “you’re telling the truth. You don’t have a husband. You have already been married five times, and the man you are now living with isn’t your husband.” (John 4:3-18)
I am taking part in my second online bible study through Proverbs 31 MInistries and am so enjoying it! We are going through the book ‘A Confident Heart’ by Renee Swope. As I was reading through this weeks chapters I came across some pretty incredible facts about the ‘woman at the well’ from John 4.
From the very beginning we read that Jesus was leaving Judea and going to Galilee.
As you can see from the map above, Samaria was right smack in the middle of these two villages! Now, Jesus was a Jew and Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans because they were known to be unclean, dirty, rebellious. However, the bible says that that day Jesus HAD to go through Samaria.
The bible also says that it was mid-day when Jesus stopped at the well. Jesus’s disciples went into town to buy some food while He rested there. Renee tells us that it was custom for the women of Samaria to travel to the well during the cooler parts of the day to avoid the desert heat. The bible tells us that this particular Samaritan woman travelled to the well alone, mid-day, during the hottest time of the day.
When Jesus saw the woman at the well, he asked her for a drink of water. This woman knew that Jesus was a Jew and questioned why he even spoke to her, let alone ask for her to do something for Him. (Remember the Jews and Samaritans didn’t have anything to do with each other.)
Jesus spoke then and began to reveal himself. He shared with her that if she simply asked, he would quench her thirst with His living water. When the woman heard of this living water she was immediately persuaded and indicated her desire for this gift that Jesus was offering.
Jesus didn’t stop there.
Jesus knew exactly who this woman was. He knew her past. He knew her present. He knew her sins. But, he still pursued her. He could have just filled her heart with His living water and left it at that…..but He went further to let her know that He knew who she was AND what she’d done and still offered her His precious gift of eternal life.
My sister, are you feeling alone, dejected, rejected, neglected and miserable? Jesus knows every single detail of your life, he knows every moment of your journey inside out; and He STILL pursues you. There is no sin too great for Him to forgive. No life ‘too messed up’ for Him to turn around. He is desperate for you to take a drink from His well of living water so that you never need to feel thirsty again. He sacrificed His own life so that we could have eternal, everlasting life. Please, don’t miss out on His goodness.
Stop running, sister. Embrace the truth that our Lord Jesus is pursuing YOU. Pause for just a moment and let Him catch you. Let Jesus rest in your heart and fill those empty places. If you allow Him to, he will turn your mourning into dancing, and your sadness into joy! He will most certainly satisfy your thirst.
Father God, thank you for pursing us. Thank you for the unconditional love you so freely give to us. Thank you God, for never giving up on us no matter how ugly we let life get. I pray God for my sisters who are feeling those yucky feelings of loneliness, dejection, rejection, neglect and misery. I pray God that you will reveal yourself to them in a new way and that they would be open to finally allowing you to fill those empty places in their heart and soul, with you. You’re all we need, God! Fill our hearts with your joy unspeakable! I pray this in your Holy and mighty name, Amen.