Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
Written by: Brett Humphrey
When our kids were younger, I would whistle to call them when they were playing outside. I can whistle pretty loudly, and the sound would carry throughout the neighborhood. Our kids would drop what they were doing and come running. Even though our kids are adults, if I whistle the same way today, they still turn towards me. My kids know the whistle is mine and, I am calling for them.
Jesus knows us even better than my kids know that whistle. In this passage, Jesus revealed how much He knew about the Samaritan woman by what He told her about herself. She tried to hide who she was, but Jesus saw through her mask. Jesus is holy, perfect, and without sin and still desires to spend time with us, in spite of our trying to hide behind masks.
Thought of the day: When we allow Jesus to love us where we are, He will help us move to where He wants us to be. He is gentle, loving, and full of grace and truth. He will also show us the reality of the things He wants to change in our lives. When we let Him show us these things, we can bring others to Jesus—The same way the Samaritan woman did.
Prayer: Jesus, in this place, You will be faithful to all You ask of us. You will be faithful to forgive us when we turn to You. You will be faithful to show us You love us in spite of our past. You will be faithful to show us how you can redeem our past to help others come to know You. You will be faithful to teach us how to learn to live for You now and follow You for life. Please help me take off any masks I have so that I can be real with You. You will be faithful to show me truth and grace; please give me the wisdom to see the things you ask of me and give me the courage to do what You want me to do. Amen.