Day 19 ~ John 4:1-14

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While strict religious Jews traveled the long route around Samaria, Jesus had to pass through. In what is one of the longest recorded interactions of Jesus with anyone in scripture, John shares about a divine appointment between Jesus and a woman at a well. This woman mattered to Jesus. So much so, that He crossed significant religious, cultural and gender barriers just to get to her. Jesus went out of His way to reach the Samaritan woman, who was gathering water in the heat of the day, alone, with her scandalous past and shameful present. What began as a daily chore to meet her physical need of thirst, became a life-altering exchange which met the deepest need of her soul. Jesus, God in the flesh, offered healing, forgiveness, and fulfillment that changed her life forever.

Like the sinful Samaritan woman, we too are dying of thirst without God. Apart from a divine appointment with our Creator, we are searching the world over to quench this soul thirst. Always searching and never finding, until one day God shows up and reveals just how much we need His living water.

Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38

Jesus offers a gift that can never be taken from us. Not only can it not be taken, but it comes from within, His very Spirit living inside of us. And the benefits and blessings are endless.

forgiveness of sins

peace with God

access to the Father

strength in weakness

freedom from anxiety

peace in our hearts

increasing victory over sin

comfort in pain

fellowship with the saints

hope in trials

joy in all circumstances

resurrection from the dead

life everlasting

Day 19

All that we need in this life and for all eternity is found in Jesus. Yet, even as children of God, we continue to go to worldly wells to quench our thirst. They taste good, but never satisfy for long. We run to the wells of more “things,” relationships, approval, accomplishments, entertainment, pleasure, and addictions rather than the abundant life found only in Him. Tim Keller explains,

So I ask you, what will make you happy? What will really give you a satisfying life? Almost always you will answer by thinking of something outside of you. But whatever it is that makes you say, “If I have that, if I get there, then I’ll know I’m important, then I’ll know I have significance, then I know I’ll have security”- it’s likely something outside of you. Yet Jesus says there’s nothing outside of you that can truly satisfy the thirst that is deep down inside you…

And Jesus is saying, “I can give it. I can put it into you. I can give you absolute, unfathomable satisfaction in the core of your being regardless of what happens outside, regardless of circumstances.”

Thank you Jesus for coming for us while, like the Samaritan woman, we were dead in our sins. Thank you for giving us living water which quenches our deepest thirst and never runs dry. You offer peace and joy and hope while the world delivers shame and disappointment and death. May our hearts overflow with Your grace and love to those around us, as a testimony of Your goodness. Amen.

 

Held by Him,

Leslie

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Leslie

From early childhood, the Lord Jesus has been drawing Leslie to Himself with steadfast love. Leslie grew up all over the country as part of a military family, but settled in Columbia, SC which was home for 25 years. She now lives in Amory, MS with her husband Chad and children Elizabeth, Graham and Lily. Leslie’s passion is to encourage women to engage God through the study of His Word and connect in safe spiritual community. She is currently a part-time writer/teacher on the CFSAT team and Bible teacher in her local church and community Bible study. Leslie longs to see more women find their fulfillment in Jesus, which overflows into healthy, Christ-centered relationships and a desire to live out the unique calling God has placed on their lives.

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