Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn. Isaiah 51:1
When Jesus talked with the woman at the well in Samaria, He took intentional steps to prepare her to receive Truth. They began by talking of the mundane; water, thirst, and drinking. He made a segueway to its spiritual counterpart; spiritual water, spiritual thirst, and the possibility of a drink that would forever quench thirst. Jesus conversed about all of this because it needed to precede the revelation of Himself. Thirst needed to overtake her and wake up her heart ~ for she had stopped dreaming of a Savior long ago.
She came alive as Jesus talked. She rose to engage Him in animated conversation. Thirsty, she finally voiced a desire to what He was offering. “Give me this drink,” she said. But Jesus didn’t answer this way…. “I’m speaking of myself and this is how you drink of me.” Instead, He immediately brought up the subject of her husband which unearthed the most painful of any possible admissions she might have to make. She had been married five times and lived with a sixth man. I often wondered why Jesus’ strategy was to change the subject. Perhaps it was to put His finger on the most painful place in her life. By doing so, the message was this ~ If you want the most profound encounter possible with Me, you must drink of Me where you need Me the most. Because she didn’t shy away, she received new life.
What is the worst part of your story? Have you dared unearth the need associated with the memory? Where does it feel risky to trust God? What would Jesus say if He sat on the edge of the well with you. “I saw you at twenty four when you wanted to give up.” Or, “When you were little, scared and hiding, thinking no one cared, did you know that I was there?” In these crises of faith, in the darkest places of unbelief, Jesus calls us to a new awareness that there is such a thing as Living Water. If we drink of Him, we will never need look again to fickle sources to give us what we think we need to feel whole. We will find Him to be enough.
The Christian life begins when I learn the truth about God, when I learn the truth about myself, and apply the truth about God to the truth about me. The Gospel is life changing only when it starts with great spiritual need.
Lord, I want to know the hope to which You have called me and Your incomparably great power for me if I believe in You. Amen