Daily Devotional

November 12, 2019

Nameless and Unwanted

John 4:13–18
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”


Written by: Larry Van Laar

The story of the nameless Samaritan woman at the well, recorded in the Gospel of John, is full of many truths and powerful lessons. It’s full of lessons of eternal life, racism, gender roles, and social norms. But the one that stands out is Jesus’ ability to look at this woman and see the real person. He knew who she was, where she came from, about her sin, and about her brokenness. But most of all, he knew about her real need—which was not water to quench her thirst. She was an outcast of her own people and marked as immoral.

The story of this woman at Jacob’s Well teaches that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives. God values us enough to actively seek and pursue us. He calls us into a deeper understanding and intimacy in spite of where we’ve been, what we’ve done, or what’s been done to us.

As a result of this brief interaction, this woman learns there is a God who loves her and knows her fully. For possibly the first time in her adult life, she knows what it is like to be truly wanted and cared for when no one—not even herself—could see anything of value.

ITP-Devo11.12Thought of the day: Have you been there? Are you at the end of your rope? Are you struggling because of your own sin or the sin of others? Are you wondering how you will quench the thirst in your life that seems to be so elusive?

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’” (John 4:13–14; John 14:6)

No matter what you’re dealing with today, Jesus loves and cares for you. Whether you’re living the dream or buried in circumstance, we all have a great need for the grace and love of Jesus. Stop what you’re doing and spend some time with Jesus. It’s where you belong.

Prayer: Lord: As our tribe of Jesus followers here at Sun Valley moves forward in obedience, it is our prayer You would bring thousands that do not yet know You. May they be pursued by Your Spirit to just come and see what You will do in their lives. Lord, will You make them aware of their greatest need—You? Lord allow them to come unhindered and help us to love them and help them to belong so they may believe, be baptized, and follow You. Lord, we are asking for the whole East Valley to find You in this place. May we change our city through Your Spirit, one soul at a time. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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