The story of the Samaritan woman at the well is one of my favorite moments in the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I first believed in Jesus Christ a few years ago, I had a notion that I needed to get rid of my “sins” before I fully committed myself to following God. I kept putting Christ on the back burner every time I saw that was not “fit” to following such a pure and Holy God. I had this idea until I read John chapter 4.
John 4; 1–26
“Jesus answered her “if you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and He would have given you living water”
Many times our weaknesses and failures, past or even our current “drama” in our lives, prevents us from seeing who is with us, working in our favor. The Samaritan woman at the well said to Jesus, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? “
In the same way that the Samaritan woman asked that question, we today sometimes wonder If God can really heal us or help us break old habits. It could be that we are trying to control our “reality” than doubting. Controlling our reality is when we do not even give room for God to be able to do what he can do; it is when we picture our own version of God. When in fact it’s not God we are picturing because he can and he is willing. Sometimes we are the ones not willing to partake in the much-needed transformation in our lives, whether it is big or small. We sometimes ring our own bell before the boxing round even begins!
We see too much of what was, and we see too much of what is, and it is a mess! Seeing the physical problems of the different situations in our lives blinds us, worries us, and instills doubt in us. In addition, we forget WHO IS FOR US! We perceive Christ (who is King, Lord, and GOD Almighty) as one who does not have the tools to get us out of the DEEP WELL we are stubbornly drowning in. The more we depend on ourselves to get out of the emotional roller coaster we ride, the more we will grow thirsty; all the while quenching our never-ending thirst with things that do not please God.
In verse 13, Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. “Not only does Christ have the tools to transform you, he also gives you peace in this world even in the midst of trouble. What he has can save you forever in the eternal sense and the struggles that you may be dealing with now. God has given us free will and he is a gentleman. He will not barge into your heart and if he is already in your heart, he will not invade that closet door that you may have labeled “keep out!” I encourage you to be willing to ask God to be the cornerstone of your weakness, not just once when you first believe, but for every single day of your life when your weakness seems larger than everything else does.
John 16:24 “Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.”
There may be certain areas in your life where you second-guess if it is hurting you more than it is actually helping you. We as humans do not like to admit when we have a fault but some of the greatest milestones in our lives could be the moments when we look back at our lives and see something so far away that we never thought in a million years would ever be gone from our lives. This could happen by recognizing what we thought the strong tower we are standing on is actually a toothpick ready to break from underneath our feet.
When I was going through some of the struggles that I thought would never be gone, I remember thinking, “God still loves me even if I am like this!” However, I realized that he wanted to make my joy complete. He did not want me to have the scraps off the table. God wanted me to sit down at his right hand! You may think it is too big of a wound or time will heal what you went through and you may believe what you are doing will not cease till you take it to your grave, but know that time is in HIS hands and even the shadow of God casts a light brighter than the sun! Jesus Christ went to the grave and buried your guilt and shame. Death could not hold him and so he rose from the grave almost 2,015 years ago to show the world that we do not need to wait for God until we have dealt with ourselves. God will meet you right where you are! The Samaritan woman woke up on that day like no other, not realizing that in her quest in finding peace, peace spoke life into her in such a way that she told a whole town what Jesus did for her, and the whole town was convinced of what she told them. Jesus met her where she was and she did not have to go nowhere else after that to find her value. My identity in Christ solidified when I stopped and surrendered right where I was and asked God not to let me take a step further without him.
I encourage you to hold nothing back; it is okay to hold God accountable of your life. He is your father. What father would want more than to have his children to depend on Him? He is merciful, He is great, and He loves you.
Peace and God bless