One of my favorites stories in the bible is about the Samaritan woman. It’s a beautiful story of deliverance and fulfillment. It’s the kind of story that gives hope to the hopeless. In John 4, Jesus is on his way to Galilee but in order to get there, He had to go through Samaria. As he’s passing through, he stops to rest by a well. While resting, a Samaritan woman comes to the well to get water. So Jesus asks her if she can give him a drink. But almost immediately, she realizes He’s a Jew. In those days, Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along, they weren’t even part of the same social circle because they didn’t believe in the same things. So the woman says this to Jesus and His response is amazing.
In John 4:10, Jesus says, “If only you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” In other words, Jesus is saying, if you only knew what I could give you, you would allow me to fill you up with a water that never runs dry. Jesus knew this woman was in need for something deeper than that well could satisfy. The Samaritan woman had 5 husbands and was with another man and Jesus points this out to her. He doesn’t say this to be mean or to call her out on her past mistakes, but he says this to let her know that he knows. Jesus knew her past. He knew her present. And in spite of this, Jesus says to her, “If you only knew the gift God has for you, you would allow me to be the supplier of life to you.” It didn’t matter that she had 5 husbands. It didn’t matter that she was with another man after 5 failed marriages. Jesus STILL took the time to have an intimate conversation with her. He took the time to offer her the greatest gift anyone could get, the gift of eternal life with God because of His grace.
So the Samaritan woman says in John 4:15, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” In other words, she’s saying, “Jesus give me what you have because everything else I’ve tried hasn’t worked. Give me what you have to offer because it has to be better than the cards I’ve been dealt.” The Samaritan woman is saying, “Give me you so that I don’t have to keep coming back to this same place that hasn’t brought me any progress.”
As we move forward in 2016, you have a chance to accept Jesus into your life. You have a chance to let go of the past just like the Samaritan woman and allow God to take over. Because the truth is, if you continue going into dead places looking for life, you’ll come up empty each time. The Samaritan woman continued going through husband after husband seeking fulfillment and love but each time, she failed. Each time she was more dry than the last.
You can keep doing the same things with the same people but it won’t be any different. You can keep thinking the same way expecting deliverance but it’ll be the same. But if you take what Jesus has to offer, you’ll always be filled. Jesus is the one that makes things new. He’s the one that fills up the empty. Because the second you allow Jesus to be your supplier of life, you’ll no longer do the same things. You’ll no longer be looking for love and fulfillment in all the wrong places. You’ll have life, peace, security, healing, and most of all unconditional love.
With 2016 in the palm of your hands, you have the opportunity to let go of the baggage of 2015. You have the chance to let God in and let the past out. Don’t allow another day to pass with you doing the same things expecting different results. Jesus is the only one that can fill up all the emptiness within you. God is the only one that can deliver you from past struggles and fill your deepest longings.
Let Us pray
Father God, I need you to fill me up. I know I can’t change myself God. But I know you are the only one that can make me over again. So I accept your gift of the living water. But even more Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. I ask that you come into my life and just like the Samaritan woman, fill up the emptiness within me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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With love & MANY blessings,